‘Incredibly sad’: Amid Kate Middleton’s cancer treatment, Prince William and Princess of Wales issue public statement

The public statement from Kate Middleton and Prince William comes while the Princess of Wales is undergoing cancer treatment.

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
First Published27 May 2024
FILE - Britain's Prince William and his then fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media at St. James's Palace in London, Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010, after they announced their engagement. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
FILE - Britain’s Prince William and his then fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media at St. James’s Palace in London, Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010, after they announced their engagement. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Kate Middleton and Prince William have issued a public statement about an incident that has made them “incredibly sad”. The Prince and the Princess of Wales have shared their thoughts on social media from their official handle @KensingtonRoyal.

“Incredibly sad to hear of the news this afternoon from RAF Coningsby. Our thoughts this evening are with the pilot’s loved ones, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the wider RAF family,” they wrote while signing the tweet with “W & C” for William and Catherine.

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Their post is about a pilot’s death due to a Spitfire plane crash in a field near an RAF station in Lincolnshire. The crash happened near Langrick Road in Coningsby just before 5:50 PM (Indian time) on May 25.

The plane, from World War II, was part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby. Officials stated that a full investigation would be conducted. However, they have refused to speculate what caused the crash.

Kate and William are among many who have paid tribute to the deceased pilot, whose name is yet to be made public.

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"It is with great sadness that we must confirm the death of an RAF pilot in a tragic accident near RAF Coningsby today. The pilot's family have been informed and we ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time," the BBC quoted the RAF statement as reading.

Kate Middleton’s cancer treatment

The message from Kate and William comes while the Princess of Wales is undergoing cancer treatment. As per an earlier report, Kate Middleton is likely not to make public appearances in 2024.

The Daily Beast reported, citing sources, that Kate might not resume public duties for a long time and could stay out of the public eye all year. A friend of Kate and William also told the publication that her priority was to avoid stress and focus on her health.

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