In the midst of her own battle with illness, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, made a profound decision that deeply moved her husband, Prince William. Sources close to the royal couple revealed that, shortly before a major medical procedure, Catherine chose to postpone her treatment to support William during a crucial time in his life.

Known for his action-oriented nature, William likely threw himself into tasks and research, becoming deeply involved in understanding Catherine’s treatment options, advocating for the best care, and becoming an expert on the disease for the sake of his family.

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The Prince of Wales is reportedly feeling increasingly isolated as his wife, Catherine, and his father, King Charles, focus on their health following their cancer diagnoses. This situation could potentially impact his relationships with other family members. Amid these challenges, Prince William’s relationship with his brother, Prince Harry, has remained strained.

However, another royal, Peter Phillips, has been described as being like a brother to William. According to Tatler, the Prince of Wales has been leaning on his older cousin, Peter Phillips, 46, during these difficult times. Their close relationship was evident at a recent Buckingham Palace garden party, where Peter provided support to a solo William, who hosted the event on behalf of his father.

Royal insiders have previously highlighted how Peter Phillips has served as a confidant to William over the past few years, especially after Harry moved to America. Peter was full of praise for both William and Catherine in a recent interview, acknowledging their teamwork and the balance they maintain between public life and parenting their three young children.

In contrast, William’s relationship with his cousins, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, has been more distant. Royal expert Tom Quinn commented on the evolving dynamics, noting that as Beatrice and Eugenie have grown closer to Harry, William has kept them at arm’s length. Despite this, both sisters joined forces with William at the garden party, showing their support amid the soggy weather conditions. The event, which celebrated the work of volunteers, military personnel, and members of the public, saw around 8,000 guests in attendance.

Rebecca English, a Royal correspondent, noted in her column that William’s relatives were proud to support him at the event. She highlighted the warmth of the relationship between William and his cousins, tracing it back to family gatherings at Balmoral and Sandringham. This familial bond now finds expression in modern mediums such as shared family WhatsApp groups.

Despite the postponement of some royal engagements due to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a snap general election, King Charles, Queen Camilla, and Prince William are still expected to attend commemorative events in Normandy for the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 5th.

However, the Princess of Wales is not expected to travel to France for these events, focusing instead on her recovery.