Prince William resumes public duties


Prince William, the British heir to the throne, resumed his official royal duties on Thursday when he visited a food charity and youth centre.

The visit was William’s first public visit after his wife Catherine revealed she had cancer last month.

William (41), King Charles III’s eldest son, took a break after his wife announced that she was undergoing preventive chemotherapy.

The revelation that the 42-year-old Princess of Wales is receiving cancer treatment has sparked an outpouring of support from people far and wide – from world leaders to family members, the media and members of the public.

Charles had revealed only weeks earlier that he was being treated for an unspecified cancer. This plunged the British monarchy into a crisis with two of its most senior members battling a serious illness at the same time.

William resumed his royal duties visiting the charity in Surrey, south-west London, and the youth center in the west of the capital.

At the Surplus to Supper organisation, the prince was photographed meeting volunteers and joining chefs in the kitchen to help prepare meals.

During the visits, a volunteer gave him two get-well cards: one for Kate and one for Charles.

Although it was not at official appointments, William was back in the public eye in recent weeks, most recently at an Aston Villa football match last week with his 10-year-old son, Prince George.

‘Time, Space and Privacy’

Amidst the health problems in the royal house, William has sporadically attended events in an official capacity this year.

In mid-January, Kensington Palace said he was postponing upcoming public visits to support his wife during her initial abdominal surgery and care for their three young children.

William resumed some duties after Kate, as she is popularly known, was discharged from hospital.

He intensified speculation about her health in February by unexpectedly canceling his attendance at a memorial service, citing a “personal matter” as the reason.

Within weeks, the princess announced her cancer diagnosis in a video message and William once again disappeared from the public eye.

Kate has asked for “time, space and privacy” while she completes her treatment.

The couple also did not attend the family’s customary Easter service in Windsor. However, several other senior royals, including the king, were there to celebrate the long-standing tradition.

The service was the king’s most high-profile public appearance since Buckingham Palace announced the cancer diagnosis in February.

He underwent an operation a month before and was subsequently diagnosed with an unrelated cancer.

The 75-year-old monarch still works behind the scenes and holds a few personal meetings. However, he is gradually resuming more public duties.