Prince William Shares Update on Kate Middleton and Their Children During Impromptu Walkabout

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales attend a ceremonial welcome for The President and the First Lady of the Republic of Korea at Horse Guards Parade on November 21, 2023 in London, England

Prince William gave an upbeat update about Kate Middleton and their children following his latest royal engagement.

The Prince of Wales, 41, chatted with well-wishers who came out to see him following his stop at James’ Place Newcastle in northeast England on April 30. William gave a brief update on his wife, who postponed public-facing royal duties while receiving cancer treatment, and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, while speaking to two women who draped Union Jack flags around their shoulders.

“Do you mind if I ask how your wife and children are?” one woman asked as seen in a video shared to Instagram by the fan account WalesVideos.

“We’re all doing well, thank you,” the royal replied.

“And obviously Catherine?” the well-wisher continued.

“We’re all doing well,” Prince William said.

Prince William, Prince of Wales speaks with well wishers after he visits James' Place Newcastle

Prince William’s visit to northeast England, which included visits to 2022 Earthshot Prize finalist Low Carbon Materials and mental health organization James’ Place, marked his third day of forward-facing royal engagements since his wife announced her cancer diagnosis on March 22.

Princess Kate, 42, shared in a self-written video message that she was undergoing chemotherapy after post-operative tests related to her abdominal surgery in January “found cancer had been present.” She may have strategically waited to share the health update until Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 6, were out of school on Easter break, creating space for the family to spend time together privately.

William took time off in the weeks following Kate’s health news, resuming public duties the day after their kids returned to school.

Prince William, Prince of Wales speaks with well wishers after he visits James' Place Newcastle

During his first official engagement on April 18, the Prince of Wales gratefully accepted well-wishes for Princess Kate and King Charles amid their cancer treatments.

Prince William seemed moved when a volunteer at food distribution charity Surplus to Supper surprised him with cards for his wife and father, who is also being treated for cancer. (The King, 75, resumed public-facing duties for the first time since Buckingham Palace announced his diagnosis in February with a visit to cancer treatment center on April 30.)

“Oh, some cards, you’re very kind. Thank you very much,” William told volunteer Rachel Candappa in a video shared to X by Lizzie Robinson of ITV.

When Candappa, 71, told the royal to look after his wife, he placed a hand on her shoulder and said, “I will,” The Telegraph reported.

Prince William, Prince of Wales is given cards for his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales by volunteer Rachel Candappa as Claire Hopkins, Operations Director looks on (L) during a visit to Surplus to Supper, in Sunbury-on-Thames on April 18, 2024

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During a mental health-focused visit to St. Michael’s Church of England High School on April 25, Prince William was sent home with thoughtful gifts for his wife. Kerry Whitehouse, the school’s senior mental health lead, told PEOPLE the goodies included Lego sunflowers because “building things is therapeutic and sunflowers represent happiness positivity and strength” and sunflower seeds “to sow seeds of positivity.”

“We didn’t want to give flowers but something significant to represent the theme of the day,” Whitehouse added.

Prince William’s children were also top of mind during his royal engagements on April 25, where he shared Princess Charlotte’s “favorite joke at the moment” and joked about how he wound up cleaning up after his kids’ pet guinea pig because they “forget.”

The family also celebrated several special occasions in late April, including Prince Louis’ 6th birthday on April 23 and Prince William and Princess Kate’s 13th wedding anniversary on April 29. Both milestones were marked with new portraits.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales , Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince George of Wales on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023