Prince William breaks silence on Kate's cancer diagnosis as he chats about family on Cornwall visit

10 May 2024, 14:04 | Updated: 10 May 2024, 14:51

Prince William gave an update on Kate's cancer diagnosis during his visit to Cornwall.
Prince William gave an update on Kate's cancer diagnosis during his visit to Cornwall. Picture: Alamy

By Jenny Medlicott

Prince William has broken his silence on Kate's cancer diagnosis as he visited Cornwall on Friday.

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The Prince of Wales said that his wife Kate is 'doing well' during a visit to St Marys' Community Hospital on the Isles of Scilly.

William met with staff at the hospital hear about a new integrated health and social care facility which is set to be built on adjacent land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

Matron Lynda McHale and William were pictured chatting as she gave the prince a letter written by her granddaughter wishing Kate and the King well amid their cancer treatment.

Elsewhere on the trip, William was pictured picking up a Cornish pasty, as he said he was contemplating buying some to bring home to his family.

He snapped up five Cornish pasties at £5.50 each while visiting the On the Quay cafe.

Speaking to seasonal staff working there, Joely Dearman, 22, and Zachariah Fox, 28, he asked what had been selling quickest that morning.

When they revealed the top product was the pasties, he said: “They smell delicious. Makes your mouth water”.

Prince William was handed a letter wishing his wife Kate and King Charles well.
Prince William was handed a letter wishing his wife Kate and King Charles well. Picture: Alamy
Prince William snapped up five Cornish pasties during his trip.
Prince William snapped up five Cornish pasties during his trip. Picture: Alamy

As he carried on chatting to them, he later added: “I was saying to the others, I can't believe the islands today when you've got weather like this, it's just beautiful. I got in the sea yesterday which was good - I wore a wetsuit.”

William also revealed his children George, Charlotte and Louis were “very jealous” of his trip down south, as he said he may bring them to Cornwall for a trip later in the year.

He joked: “My family are very upset I'm here without them. The children will kill me if I don't go home later.”

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William was seen chatting to school children during his visit to St Mary's Harbour.
William was seen chatting to school children during his visit to St Mary's Harbour. Picture: Alamy
In March, Kate revealed she was receiving treatment for cancer.
In March, Kate revealed she was receiving treatment for cancer. Picture: Alamy

The Prince was also seen stepping off a boat called The Pegasus as he arrived at St Mary’s maritime harbour earlier on Friday.

William has been gradually returning to his royal duties after briefly stepping away from them following his wife’s cancer diagnosis.

Kate revealed in March that she was receiving treatment for cancer, following her abdominal surgery in January.

It comes after William, also known as the Duke of Cornwall, visited Newquay yesterday where his Duchy of Cornwall has been building its first ever housing project to help combat homelessness in Nansledan.

Meanwhile the King, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Engineers, was pictured all smiles on Thursday as he met with military staff and their families at a training base for the Army’s Royal Engineers.

The King has been slowly returning to some public-facing duties after Buckingham Palace revealed doctors were 'encouraged' with the progress of his cancer treatment.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are visiting Nigeria on a three-day trip.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are visiting Nigeria on a three-day trip. . Picture: Getty

His visit to Cornwall comes as his brother Prince Harry and wife Meghan are visiting Nigeria on what has been dubbed an ‘unofficial royal tour’.

The royal couple visited Lightway Academy in Abuja earlier on Friday when they met with pupils to give them a talk about mental health - supported by their Archewell Foundation.

Earlier this week, the Duke of Sussex made a whistle-stop tour in the UK to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games - although he did not meet with King Charles or Prince William.

Harry said it was "great" to be back in the UK - during a final engagement on a short trip to London.

He attended a party hosted by the charity Scotty's Little Soldiers, which supports the bereaved children of military personnel.

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