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Royal Expert Speculates How Palace Will Handle More ‘Out of Control’ Kate Middleton Conspiracies (Exclusive)

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams does not think that “out of control” speculation about Princess Kate Middleton’s health will “recur” as she undergoes preventative chemotherapy.

“Lessons should have been learned from what happened earlier,” Fitzwilliams, 74, told Us Weekly exclusively about the conspiracy theories surrounding Kate’s health, noting that it would be “appropriate” for Kensington Palace to chime in when needed.

“I mean, if you’re not told at all, and months passed, clearly there’s speculation and that could happen again,” he continued. “So, I’m sure that it will be handled in a different way.”

Kate announced on March 22 that she was diagnosed with cancer after weeks of speculation about her whereabouts. Since she’s started undergoing treatment, questions about Kate’s return to royal duties continue to rise. Some reports have speculated that the Princess of Wales will return to work by the fall while others say her recovery time will be longer.

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A source recently told Us that Kate’s “recovery is going well” but her team is “reevaluating what she’s going to be able to take on when she comes back” to work. (Prince William echoed the statements during an appearance on Wednesday, June 5, telling attendees Kate was “getting better” amid treatment.)

Royal Expert Speculates How Palace Will Handle More Out of Control Kate Middleton Conspiracies
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“I think the palaces recognize that it is essential from time to time to update the press — and through them the public of course — [on] important issues,” Fitzwilliams explained. “I mean, with King Charles, it’s very good to see what’s happening now, and I think everyone’s very pleased in that. I would hope by the fall or by the end of the year matters will have resolved themselves. But you just don’t know.”

King Charles III announced his cancer diagnosis in February, and details about his treatment have been highly documented in the public eye. While he’s cut down on the number of public events, Charles, 75, has been making multiple appearances amid his illness.

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Further discussing Kate and her ongoing health struggles, Fitzwilliams praised the Princess of Wales for going public with her cancer diagnosis — and hopes the public understands her decision to keep a low profile.

“The video message in March was, I would say, the most moving given by a public figure in Britain on a health issue. So, I mean, I think that people understand the very difficult situation that she’s in,” he said, noting that her public “plea for time and space” is sure to be respected. “People genuinely feel for her and Prince William and their family in this extremely difficult time.”

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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