King Charles has been faced with a new challenge: a diagnosis of cancer, Buckingham Palace revealed today. This unexpected turn came to light during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate, although the cancer is not related to his prostate.
While the specific type of cancer has not been disclosed, the palace confirmed that the King has already begun “regular treatments” since Monday. Despite this setback, King Charles remains resolutely positive about his treatment plan, according to Buckingham Palace.
To focus on his health, the King will temporarily step back from his public duties, with other senior royals expected to take on his responsibilities. However, he is eager to return to his full role as soon as possible.
Details about the stage of his cancer or his prognosis have not been shared. King Charles personally informed both his sons about his diagnosis, with Prince William maintaining regular contact with his father. Prince Harry, living in the United States, has also spoken to his father and intends to visit him in the UK in the near future.
After returning to London from Sandringham in Norfolk on Monday, the 75-year-old King has started outpatient treatment. Although his public engagements will be put on hold, he will continue with his constitutional duties, including paperwork and private meetings.
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Prince William had previously taken a temporary break from public engagements to support his wife Catherine, the Princess of Wales, during her recovery from “abdominal surgery.” The King was last seen at a church service in Sandringham on Sunday, where he greeted well-wishers.
More than a week ago, King Charles underwent a prostate procedure at a private London hospital, a decision he made public to encourage more men to undergo prostate checks. His efforts were well-received, with the NHS website noting an increase in inquiries about prostate conditions.