Princess Kate: BBC comments on reporting

The BBC has defended its extensive reporting on Princess Kate's (42) cancer diagnosis.

Princess Kate: BBC comments on reporting

The BBC has defended its extensive reporting on Princess Kate's (42) cancer diagnosis. After the British broadcaster received more than 100 complaints about "exaggerated and insensitive" reporting, it said in a statement that it had clarified the condition of Prince William's (41) wife, but did not speculate on details.

On March 22, Princess Kate announced in an Instagram video that she was undergoing cancer treatment. The mother of three explained that cancer was discovered in her body following her abdominal surgery in January. She is now in the “initial stage” of preventive chemotherapy.

According to various media reports including The Mirror, the BBC defended its reporting in a statement saying: "We have broadcast the Princess of Wales's very personal video message in which she spoke directly to the public about her cancer diagnosis in full. Our reporting reflected the importance of this story and the outpouring of support for the Princess from around the world. We explained to our audience what was known about Catherine's condition, but did not speculate on details that were not made public." It continued: "Our reporting made it clear that this is a difficult time for the Princess and the rest of the Royal Family." They always made sure to approach the reporting “with sensitivity”.

The numerous speculations about Kate's health that existed before Kate's announcement were also reported. However, the princess' request for privacy was also reported and explained that she had a right to privacy. The BBC also said: "While we have a responsibility to report on stories that are of interest to our audiences, we recognize that not everyone would have agreed with our approach."

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