Prince William ‘pulled out of memorial service for his godfather after finding out Princess of Wales had cancer’

William was meant to be giving a reading at the service

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Following news of the Princess of Wales’ cancer diagnosis, it’s been claimed that Prince William found out about his wife’s illness shortly before he pulled out of attending a memorial service for the late King Constantine, his godfather.

King Constantine, the last King of Greece, passed away in January of last year at the age of 82.

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Prince William wasn’t in attendance at the service (Credit:

Prince William news: Royal unable to attend memorial service for his godfather

A memorial service for the late King Constantine took place on February 27 at Windsor Castle.

Prince William, 41, was meant to be giving a reading at the service for his late godfather.

However, Kensington Palace confirmed that he has been forced to pull out of attending. At the time, they said this was due to a “personal matter”.

The future king rang the Greek royal family to inform them he couldn’t attend.

However, the Palace didn’t elaborate further on the personal matter. However, it is now understood that Kate’s cancer diagnosis was the reason William stayed away.

Princess of Wales’ cancer diagnosis

Earlier tonight (March 22), the Princess of Wales shared a video message in which she revealed she’d been diagnosed with cancer.

“In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London. 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 preventive 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 okay.

“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.”

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It’s a tough time for William (Credit:

William facing ‘heavy burden’ amid Charles’ cancer diagnosis

It was recently claimed that William is facing a “heavy burden” amid the King‘s recent cancer diagnosis.

Speaking on GB News recently, former royal butler Paul Burrell said: “My thoughts are with the King and I wish him a very speedy and full recovery. I know from personal experience that this impact is on the whole family and in this case, it’s on the whole nation.

The host of the show then pointed out that it was a “heavy burden” to fall on William.

“Yes, well it’s not William’s time yet,” Paul said. “He thought he’d have at least another ten years to grow his family and to live a happy family private life with Kate at Adelaide cottage and then probably Royal Lodge in the future.

“It’s not his time and I think this is a great burden for William to think about,” he then added.

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Robert Emlyn Slater
Senior Writer