Prince William breaks silence on Kate Middleton and King Charles health battles

Prince William has spoken publicly for the first time about the Princess of Wales’ and King Charles’ health battles and thanked the nation for the outpouring of support.

 

 

The Prince of Wales today returned to work for the first time since the Princess of Wales underwent serious abdominal surgery in hospital. Mum-of-three Kate spent nearly two weeks at the London Clinic last month before returning home to Windsor to start her recovery, which will keep her away from royal duties until after Easter.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace on Monday delivered the shocking news that the 75-year-old monarch had been diagnosed with cancer. After a whirlwind few weeks, William got back to royal duties by presiding over an investiture at Windsor Castle and lending his support to the London Air Ambulance at a charity gala.

Arriving at the gala tonight, he was asked about Kate and the King and replied: “We really appreciate everyone’s kind messages. Thank you.” To the delight of the audience, Wills entered with Hollywood megastar and fellow pilot Tom Cruise, who he said needed “no introduction”. Later in a speech, he said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you, also, for the kind messages of support for Catherine and for my father, especially in recent days. It means a great deal to us all. .”

In a bid to lighten the mood after a testing few weeks, William cracked a joke about how he chose to attend the gala “to get away from it all”. He said: “It’s fair to say the past few weeks have had a rather ‘medical’ focus. So I thought I’d come to an air ambulance function to get away from it all! But, seriously, we gather tonight to help as many as people as possible benefit from top-class care in the silhouette of London Air Ambulance’s flying lifelines. As a former pilot for East Anglia Air Ambulance, I know just how vital the work of air ambulance teams across the country is, and the truly life-saving difference it can make to deliver urgent medical care wherever injury strikes can make.”

William’s heartfelt words came just hours after his brother Prince Harry flew back to California after a fleeting 25-hour trip to London to see the ailing King at his Clarence House home. The monarch spent just 30 minutes with his estranged son while the Prince of Wales made no plans to see the Duke of Sussex.

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