In a recent statement from Buckingham Palace, it was disclosed that King Charles has received a cancer diagnosis. While specific details about the type of cancer remain undisclosed, it has been clarified that it is not prostate cancer. This diagnosis came to light following treatments for an enlarged prostate that the King was undergoing.
As of Monday, King Charles has commenced a series of “regular treatments” and, as a result, will be stepping back from his public engagements temporarily. Despite the diagnosis, the statement from the Palace conveyed an optimistic outlook from the King, who is 75. He is described as being very positive about his treatment and is eager to resume his full range of public duties at the earliest opportunity.
The Palace has chosen not to release any further information regarding the stage of the cancer or any prognosis. However, it was shared that King Charles has personally informed his sons of his health situation. The Prince of Wales is reportedly keeping in close touch with his father during this time. Additionally, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who resides in the United States, has spoken to his father and plans to visit him in the UK soon.
After returning to London from Sandringham in Norfolk, King Charles has begun his treatment regimen as an outpatient. Although public appearances will be on hold for the time being, he will continue to fulfill his duties as the head of state. This includes managing his constitutional responsibilities, engaging in paperwork, and conducting private meetings. It’s been confirmed that his weekly meetings with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will persist and will be conducted in person, health conditions permitting.
The Palace also noted that there are constitutional provisions in place for scenarios in which the monarch is unable to perform their official duties. In such cases, “counsellors of state” may be designated to act on behalf of the King.
This announcement has brought forth an outpouring of support for King Charles, with many looking forward to his recovery and return to public life.