UK and world newspaper front pages react to Kate's cancer diagnosis announcement

The front pages of national newspapers on display in London, showing the news of the Princess of Wales cancer diagnosis. Picture date: Saturday March 23, 2024.
Saturday's front pages were dominated by the Princess of Wales. (Alamy) (Yui Mok, PA Images)

The announcement by the Princess of Wales that she has cancer dominated the front pages of all the UK newspapers and several further afield.

Kate used a video message on Friday to announce that she has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing a course of preventative chemotherapy.

The 42-year-old future queen said the diagnosis had come as a "huge shock" and that she and the Prince of Wales were doing "everything to manage this privately for the sake of our young family".

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As expected, her announcement was the main focus of attention for Saturday's newspapers in the UK.

The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express all focused on her description of the news as a "shock" in their front page headlines.

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The Daily Mail and The Times, on the other hand, used the princess's own words of reassurance with their "I'm going to be OK" headlines.

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The Sun's front page read, "Kate, you are not alone", while The Guardian highlighted the fact that the princess is receiving chemotherapy treatment.

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Kate's announcement also made front pages outside the UK.

The New York Times said her cancer diagnosis "puts UK royals on even more uncertain terrain" in its front page, while the New York Post's headline read: "Kate's brave fight".

The announcement was the central focus of the front page of German tabloid Bild, which headlined with "Princess Kate has cancer".

Spanish daily El Pais also featured Kate on its front page, saying that she was undergoing treatment for cancer, and her announcement was also covered on the front of another Spanish paper, El Mundo.

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'It's such a shock'

Visitors to Windsor Castle on Saturday also spoke of their shock at Kate's news.

Linda Boby, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, said: “It’s such a shock, she’s such a young lady and she deserves her privacy.

“I’m glad that she’s come out and said something so that can put everybody’s speculation to rest, and she can recover and be wonderful with her family, which is what she deserves, she deserves her space to do that.

“I’m just so shocked because she’s so young and really they’ve had to keep it to themselves to be able to digest it for their own sake before they can come out and say something."

Ann Anderson, from Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, commended Kate’s announcement in the wake of “spiteful” speculation.

The 75-year-old said: “I thought it was absolutely tremendous for her to do that on her own, how can you sit on a bench like that at that age and just talk about your health?

“People shouldn’t have put her through that, it wasn’t necessary.”

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