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Prince William pulls out of memorial service due to ‘personal matter’

Prince William has pulled out of a memorial service due to a “personal matter”.

The Prince of Wales had been due to attend a service for the late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

However, less than an hour before the St George’s Chapel memorial was due to start, it was announced that the Prince would not be present.

Kensington Palace, who would not elaborate further said the Princess of Wales, who is recovering from abdominal surgery, continues to be doing well.

William reportedly informed the Greek royal family to let them know he was unable to attend.

The late King Constantine of Greece, who died in January last year, was William’s godfather and a first cousin once removed of the King’s father, the late Prince Philip.

The King, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, was also absent from today’s memorial service.

In his first public statement since his diagnosis, the King has thanked the public for their support and well-wishes.

The King said he would like to: “express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days.”

He wrote: “As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.”

And in the message, written from Sandringham, he added it was “equally heartening” that sharing his diagnosis has “shone a light” on the great work carried out by cancer charities.

He said: “My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.”

The King has postponed all frontline engagement as he undergoes treatment.


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