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Kate Middleton & Prince William’s Designer Friend Says “They’re Going Through Hell”

Prince William and Kate Middleton at Korea state visit on Nov. 21, 2023. PHOTO: SAMIR HUSSEIN/WIREIMAGE

One of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s friend shared that the royal family’s difficulties have become “really personal” amid the Princess of Wales’ cancer battle.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are experiencing a difficult period.

As the Princess of Wales continues to battle cancer, one of the couple’s go-to designers Amaia Arrieta shared that she’s keeping the royal family in her thoughts.

“I’m heartbroken at the moment,” she told The Telegraph in an interview published May 2. “I think they are going through hell—I hope they will be back. It’s really personal.”

Amaia went on to explain how honored she feels to have helped dress the royals, ever since Prince George, 10, wore her brand’s Amaia corduroy shorts in a 2014 Christmas photo. More recently, Princess Charlotte was pictured in her label’s checked skirt in the Mother’s Day photo that sparked an editing controversy.

“Dressing the royals gives me so much pride, I really do care about how they look,” the designer told the outlet. “They have put the traditional and classic way of dressing children on the map.”

Kate and her kids George, Charlotte and Prince Louis, 6, have remained out of the public eye for the most part ever since she underwent abdominal surgery in January. In March, the 42-year-old explained in a video that further testing showed an unspecified type of cancer had been present.

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Kate had abdominal surgery in January, and at the time, her condition was thought to be non-cancerous. The surgery was successful, then post-operative tests subsequently found that cancer had been present. It’s unclear if the cancer is related to the abdominal surgery.

Prince William has recently however, reassured the public that Kate Middleton and his family are “doing well,” amid his wife’s break from public-facing duties as she undergoes “preventative chemotherapy” for an undisclosed type of cancer.

Prince William, Prince of Wales speaks with well wishers after he visits James’ Place Newcastle on April 30, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Ian Forsyth—Getty Images

The Prince of Wales gave the rare update during a series of royal engagements on Tuesday, including a visit to the newly-opened Newcastle branch of James’ Place, a charity therapy centre for men struggling with suicidal ideation in the North of England.

“Do you mind if I ask how your wife and children are?” one well wisher asked. “All doing well, thank you. Yes, we’re doing well,” William responded.

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