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How the Middleton Family Is Supporting Kate Amid Her Cancer Treatment

Her parents and siblings are "absolutely fundamental" to her recovery.

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Kate Middleton currently has an uphill battle as she receives treatment for her cancer, but the good news — aside from her having a caring team of doctors tending to all of her health needs — is that her family will be supporting her through every step of the process.

"The real anchors in her life are her parents [Carole and Michael Middleton], and her brother James and her sister Pippa," royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight. "While you certainly don't see them photographed together very often, they are very much there in the background ... They are absolutely fundamental."

While the Princess of Wales's parents are concerned for her health, Nicholl noted that they likely "feel very relieved that this was found in its early stages, and reassured by the fact that the chemotherapy is preventative chemotherapy."

She continued, "Catherine is going to have the very best doctors in the world looking after her, so she's in safe hands. Carole and Michael, they've always been an incredibly strong couple and also very down to earth... what they'll be doing right now is they'll be coming together and supporting her -- and not just William and Kate, [but] their grandchildren, too."

Kate revealed that she was diagnosed with cancer in a March 22 video that explained she discovered the disease following her abdominal surgery.

"In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London, and at the time, it was thought that my condition was non-cancerous," she explained in her announcement video. "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’m now in the early stages of that treatment."

Though Kate wishes to return to her royal duties as soon as possible, she stressed that a full recovery is essential for her to do so. "We hope that you’ll understand that as a family, we now need some time, space, and privacy while I complete my treatment," she said. "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."

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