Duchess of Cornwall marks World Cancer Day with poignant message during this ‘extremely challenging time’

Duchess Camilla sent her 'very best wishes' to those living with cancer

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visits Maggie's Barts at St Bartholomew's Hospital on October 07, 2020 in London, England
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The Duchess of Cornwall marked World Cancer Day yesterday with a heartfelt message in which she revealed her hope that the "devastating disease" can one day be defeated. 

The Duchess of Cornwall has taken to social media to share a particularly poignant message in what she described as an “extremely challenging time”. Throughout the pandemic, Duchess Camilla has maintained her commitment to royal duties. Restrictions throughout last year and so far in 2021 have meant in-person royal engagements are often not possible. 

However, like many other members of the Royal Family, Duchess Camilla has found other ways to connect with people. Utilizing social media, she has continued to show support and understanding to so many. 

Marking World Cancer Day yesterday, the Duchess of Cornwall shared an incredibly moving message. In a post made on the official Clarence House Instagram page, Duchess Camilla addressed the challenges faced by those living with cancer at this incredibly difficult time.

She wrote: ‘As the proud President of Maggie’s, I wanted to mark World Cancer Day by sending my very best wishes to all those who are living with cancer at this extremely challenging time. You are very much in my thoughts and prayers today.’

‘I should also like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, those who are working to create a future without cancer. You give us hope that, together, we will be able to defeat this devastating disease.’ 

The Duchess of Cornwall has been President of Maggie's since 2008. This vital charity helps support people with cancer, their family and friends in centers across the UK and abroad. Last year Duchess Camilla’s husband Prince Charles also spoke out to address his concerns about the impact the pandemic could be having on cancer treatment. 

Writing a deeply poignant piece for The Telegraph, the Prince of Wales - who is a Patron of MacMillan Cancer Support - discussed concerns about cancer becoming “the Forgotten C". He also praised the British people's 'formidable will and compassion'.

‘Compassion, we have learned, has not become fatigued; it has strengthened with use’, Prince Charles wrote. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!