• Princess Kate waited to announce her diagnosis
  • Why did she go public now?
  • The reason probably has to do with her children

In an emotional video on Friday evening, Princess Kate (42) shared that she is suffering from cancer. "It has been an incredibly tough couple of months for our entire family, but I've had a fantastic medical team who have taken great care of me, for which I am so grateful," she explained.

Originally classified as non-cancerous, tests after her abdominal surgery in January showed that cancer cells were present after all. But why did Kate wait until the end of March to reveal her diagnosis?

The children are Kate's priority

Kate's decision to wait until Friday, March 22, to reveal her diagnosis is probably due to the fact that her children George (9), Charlotte (7) and Louis (5) started their Easter vacation on that day.

Victoria Murphy, Royal expert at ABC News, explains: "Their children, George, Charlotte and Louis, have just broken up for their Easter holiday. So they're now able to take the children away from their school environment, keep them in a bubble with them and really protect them from the outside world while all this news and while this reaction hits the rest of the world, and while people are talking about it."

The choice of day when the shocking news of Kate's illness was revealed was therefore apparently made with the priority of protecting her children.

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Meanwhile, it is suspected that Kate and William themselves learned of the diagnosis on February 27. At that time Prince William canceled an appointment at the last minute "for personal reasons".

This date was the memorial service of King Constantine of Greece (†82) - something William would not cancel lightly. With today's knowledge, his absence appears in a completely different light.