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‘If Kate Middleton misses Wimbledon’ … Concern about the princess is ramping up again


LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: In this handout images released by Kensington Palace on June 24, 2023, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer talk before playing tennis on No.3 Court at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, on June 8, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Handout/Thomas Lovelock - AELTC via Getty Images)

Two months ago, Kate Middleton seemed to win respite from people widely speculating about her health by recording a video in which she forthrightly explained that she has cancer and is undergoing “preventative chemotherapy,” while assuring the public, “I am well and getting stronger every day.”

But that respite is turning out to be brief, and the wild speculation is ramping up again, following different news reports about whether or not the Princess of Wales will attend an important upcoming event. Reports also have offered a range of target dates for how long Britain’s very popular royal will remain out of the public eye — from all of June, through autumn, to the end of the year.

There’s no word, for example, on whether Kate will attend the Wimbledon tennis championships, starting July 1. An avid tennis fan and patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Kate usually attends the tournament’s major matches, always impeccably attired, and hands out trophies to winners.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 24: In this handout images released by Kensington Palace on June 24, 2023, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer talk before playing tennis on No.3 Court at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, on June 8, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Handout/Thomas Lovelock – AELTC via Getty Images) 

But her possible absence from Wimbledon 2024 has prompted some of the chatter about how she’s dong. “I’ve said for a while that if Kate misses Wimbledon in July, then there is something very serious going on,” one person wrote on X.

While this person may be trying to suggest something grim about Kate’s condition, it could also be said that any kind of cancer is serious, and that Kate, her husband Prince William and the rest of her family are clearly taking her recovery very seriously.

But within this context, it was widely reported that she missed a major event last weekend, a rehearsal for this upcoming weekend’s Trooping The Color, the Daily Beast reported. As the new honorary colonel of the Irish Guards, the 42-year-old mother of three was invited to attend the rehearsal, but instead sent a letter apologizing for her absence.

But even as she missed the rehearsal, the palace still hasn’t made it clear whether she’ll be present at Trooping the Color on Saturday. This is the official celebration of the British monarch’s birthday, which culminates in the King’s Birthday Parade through the streets of London and members of the royal family appearing together on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, the Daily Beast said.

Buckingham Palace, however, hinted that she wouldn’t participate in events related to the state visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, June 25-27, Newsweek reported. A news release only mentioned that Prince William would greet the imperial couple at their hotel in London before attending a welcome ceremony with them at Buckingham Palace.

Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales (R) gives the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy to Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova during the prize ceremony …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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