Reason For Kate Middleton’s Latest Sudden Absence Revealed

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Day two of Royal Ascot was visited by a number of members of the royal family, but Kate Middleton was noticeably missing. Prince William, Princess Eugenie, Queen Camilla, and other dignitaries convened for the esteemed horse race on Wednesday. Carole and Michael Middleton, Kate’s parents, were also present.

After revealing in March of last year that she had been given a cancer diagnosis and was receiving treatment, Middleton made her first appearance in public on Saturday. She celebrated the king’s birthday with everyone else during this year’s Trooping The Colour military parade. Middleton was spotted driving a state carriage with her kids along the parade route while decked out in a white frock.

Kate and her kids were shown getting ready to board the carriage before the parade in a video that Kensington Palace posted to social media.

After the event, prominent members of the Royal Family gathered on Buckingham Palace’s balcony with Kate, William, and their three kids to witness a military flyover. The Princess is still undergoing chemotherapy, so even though she attended King Charles’ birthday parade, she is not yet returning to her full royal responsibilities.

Despite her recent appearance at Saturday’s Trooping the Colour, Kate is still concentrating on her health, which is why she won’t be there on Sunday, according to palace aides. In PEOPLE’s most recent cover story, an insider with inside knowledge of the royal family confidentially disclosed to them that “She has been doing what’s right for her and recovering privately at home. She is dealing with it the best she can.”

Ailsa Anderson, former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth, shared with PEOPLE, “The monarchy is going through one of the most difficult sets of challenges. But it just felt like a corner had been turned.”

Middleton disclosed in March that she had received a cancer diagnosis as a result of the surgery. The cancer’s nature remains undisclosed. The princess started a prophylactic chemotherapy course in late February, according to a news release from the location. Middleton gave a condition report on Friday, saying that while undergoing chemotherapy, she is “making good progress” and is not “out of the woods yet.”

“I am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days,” Kate said in a written message shared by Kensington Palace. “On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well.”

She also mentioned that a few more months of treatment are anticipated for her. “On the days I feel well enough, it is a joy to engage with school life, spend personal time on the things that give me energy and positivity, as well as starting to do a little work from home.”

The Princess also talked about how this experience has helped her grow personally, teaching her patience and how to deal with the uncertainties surrounding her illness. “Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much-needed time to heal,” she said.



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