Prince William Embarks on First Overnight Trip Since Kate's Cancer Diagnosis

Duchy of Cornwall launches major community support project

by Zain ul Abedin
Prince William Embarks on First Overnight Trip Since Kate's Cancer Diagnosis
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In a poignant display of commitment both to public duty and family, Prince William embarked on his first overnight trip since the unfortunate news of Kate Middleton's cancer diagnosis. The Prince of Wales visited Newquay on May 9, marking his participation in an innovative housing project designed to combat homelessness, under the auspices of the Duchy of Cornwall.

The visit to the southwest of England comes at a challenging time for the Royal Family, as the Princess of Wales, aged 42, continues to undergo chemotherapy out of the public eye. Despite these personal trials, the atmosphere around the couple remains hopeful.

"William is staying positive for Kate and the children," shared a source close to the royal household with PEOPLE, emphasizing the optimistic mood prevailing within the palace. The royal couple, parents to Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 9, and Prince Louis, 6, has shown resilience in the face of adversity.

The prince's dedication to his wife and children was particularly evident after Kate publicly announced her diagnosis on March 22.

Duchy's Housing Initiative

Professionally, Prince William inherits significant responsibilities as the Duke of Cornwall following Queen Elizabeth's passing in September 2022.

The Duchy of Cornwall, a substantial estate valued at $1 billion and generating about $30 million annually, supports the Prince and his charitable initiatives. One such initiative is the Newquay housing project, a venture announced earlier this year in partnership with the local charity, St Petrocs.

The project aims to provide 24 homes equipped with comprehensive support for individuals experiencing homelessness. "Designs are being finalized and construction is set to begin in September, with completion targeted for autumn 2025," stated a Kensington Palace spokesperson.

Prince William's visit underscores his commitment to the project. He is keen to witness firsthand the progress made and discuss the forthcoming benefits with the Duchy team and representatives from St Petrocs. The project, inspired by The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales' Homewards program, seeks to establish a model of temporary accommodation leading to permanent housing solutions.

Further enriching his two-day itinerary, Prince William will engage with local organizations at Fistral Beach to discuss safety measures, reflecting his broader concern for community welfare. The visit will conclude with a trip to the Isles of Scilly on Friday, rounding off a significant journey that balances personal support for his family with his public responsibilities.

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