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Amy Dowden 'hit hard' by Princess of Wales' cancer diagnosis

Amy Dowden
Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden, who underwent treatment for breast cancer last year, said the princess's diagnosis had "hit hard"

Strictly Come Dancing's Amy Dowden says she has been "hit hard" by the Princess of Wales' cancer diagnosis.

The princess announced that she was in the early stages of cancer treatment in a video statement on Friday, adding that the news had been a "huge shock".

Dowden, 33, underwent chemotherapy for grade three breast cancer last year.

"This news has hit me personally pretty hard," the dancer said in a post on Instagram. "Thinking of our princess."

Catherine explained that when she had abdominal surgery in January, it was not known that there was any cancer.

"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," said the princess.

The princess said she was thinking of all those who had been affected by cancer, adding: "For everyone facing this disease, in whatever form, please do not lose faith or hope. You are not alone."

Catherine said recovery from her surgery in January, for a condition which has not been revealed, had taken time and the priority was now reassuring her family.

The First Minister of Wales Vaughan Gething said he was "deeply saddened" following Catherine's announcement.

Mr Gething sent a message of support to the princess on behalf of the people of Wales.

"I would like to send our love and support to the princess and her family at this very difficult time," he said.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said the "thoughts and prayers" of his party were with the Princess of Wales "and the whole Royal Family at this time".

"The Princess's decision to make her diagnosis public will help to raise awareness for all of those who have had their lives touched by cancer," he added.

Plaid Cymru leader's Rhun ap Iorwerth said: "So many families of course touched by cancer including my own, and I'm sure everybody wishes her well as she undergoes this preventative treatment."

The Archbishop of Wales, Andrew John, said he was praying for Kate's "speedy recovery".

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