According to a palace source, some of Kate Middleton’s close friends were surprised by her cancer diagnosis

Before making her cancer diagnosis public last week, Kate Middleton confided in only a select few individuals, keeping other close friends in the dark to prevent any potential leaks of the sensitive information.

According to a friend of the Princess of Wales who spoke to PEOPLE Magazine, this decision came as a surprise to some of her associates when they learned the news.

On Friday, March 22, Kate addressed the public in a video, revealing that her recent absence from the public eye was due to her ongoing battle with cancer. Following abdominal surgery in January, subsequent tests showed the presence of cancer.

The announcement had a global impact, especially considering King Charles’s current fight against the same disease.

Kate’s courageous message came after weeks of speculation about her health and whereabouts, with both the media and the public raising questions.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London, and at the time, it was believed that my condition was non-cancerous,” Kate said.

“The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation revealed the presence of cancer. Consequently, my medical team advised that I undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy, and I am now in the early stages of that treatment.”

While receiving immense support from her nation, family, and friends, Kate reportedly couldn’t inform all her closest companions about her diagnosis to avoid potential media exposure.

According to PEOPLE Magazine, certain trusted friends and confidants were not informed about Kate’s cancer diagnosis, leaving one acquaintance surprised.

“It was quite a shock,” the friend said.

A former palace aide also noted, “The circle of knowledge was very limited.”

Reports earlier this week suggested that even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not briefed before Kate’s video announcement. However, conflicting sources indicate they might have been informed but cautioned about maintaining confidentiality.

One can only imagine the emotional turmoil Kate endured upon receiving her diagnosis and then grappling with the delicate task of informing her loved ones. Moreover, the daunting prospect of eventually revealing the news to the public must have weighed heavily on her.

According to reports, Kate and her family plan to spend the upcoming weeks together during the Easter break from school for the children. While Prince William is expected to resume his royal duties as usual afterward, Kate’s return to official engagements – initially scheduled by Kensington Palace for after Easter – will depend on her ongoing recovery.

“The Princess will resume her official duties once she receives clearance from her medical team,” said a palace spokesperson on Friday. “She remains in good spirits and is focused on achieving a full recovery.”