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Linda Nolan: “Celebrities should apologise for mocking Kate”

Linda Nolan defended Catherine, Princess of Wales over her decision to not reveal what type of cancer she had been diagnosed with, as she spoke on Good Morning Britain on Monday.

Kate announced her cancer diagnosis on Friday in a moving video, where she confirmed she was undergoing preventative chemotherapy treatment. Kate confirmed that cancer had been found to be present in her body during post-op tests, after she underwent major abdominal surgery in January.

While Kate did not disclose what type of cancer she had been diagnosed with, she did reveal she was in the early stages of treatment. Speaking on GMB on Monday, Linda, who was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, defended the Princess for not only keeping her diagnosis private for as long as she did, but for also choosing not to reveal the type of cancer she has.

She also hit out at those who made “horrible” jibes about Kate when her disappearance from royal duties following her surgery was questioned. Linda said those who mocked Kate being under the radar should apologise, but added that sometimes “sorry doesn’t cut it”.

Speaking to hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley, Linda said: “Well yes, of course they should say sorry but sorry is an easy word to say sometimes. They are maybe doing it because other people are doing it.

“They should never have even thought in the first place to put down lies and horrible words. Sorry doesn’t cut it sometimes. On her support for Kate, she went on: “I think she did right. I think she did well in the fact she came out and told us which she didn’t have to, who says they have to tell us their life story?

“They are doing their job as it were. But if she wants to keep it a secret and her treatment a secret then that is how she is gonna handle it and good luck to her.”

The news broke on Friday evening, with Kate commenting on her diagnosis in a video message. She said: “I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, personally, for all the wonderful messages of support and for your understanding whilst I have been recovering from surgery. 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.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous. The surgery was successful. However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present.

“My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment. This of course came as a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family.

“As you can imagine, this has taken time. It has taken me time to recover from major surgery in order to start my treatment. But, most importantly, it has taken us time to explain everything to George, Charlotte and Louis in a way that is appropriate for them, and to reassure them that I am going to be ok.

“As I have said to them; I am well and getting stronger every day by focusing on the things that will help me heal; in my mind, body and spirits. Having William by my side is a great source of comfort and reassurance too. As is the love, support and kindness that has been shown by so many of you. It means so much to us both.

“We hope that you will understand that, as a family, we now need some time, space and privacy while I complete my treatment. My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy and I look forward to being back when I am able, but for now I must focus on making a full recovery.

“At this time, I am also thinking of all those whose lives have been affected by cancer. For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone.”

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