According to Buckingham Palace, King Charles III has received a cancer diagnosis. The nature of the cancer is unknown; however, it was found during his most recent treatment for an enlarged prostate and is not prostate cancer.
According to the Palace, the King started “regular treatments” on Monday and will abstain from public duties during that time.
The 75-year-old Monarch “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible,” said the statement.
There is no additional information available regarding the cancer’s stage or prognosis.
There were rumors that Charles kept regular communication with his father and that he told both of his sons about his diagnosis.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who resides in the United States, had a conversation with his father and will soon be visiting the United Kingdom.
The King arrived back in London on Monday morning from Sandringham in Norfolk, and according to the palace, he has begun outpatient treatment.
The King will continue to carry out his constitutional duties as head of state, including paperwork and private meetings, even though he will be suspending his public appearances.
Presumably, he will continue to hold in-person weekly audiences with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, unless medical advice dictates otherwise.
A constitutional mechanism provides for the appointment of “counselors of state” to act in the place of the monarch if the head of state is unable to perform official duties.
Currently, Prince Edward, Princess Royal, Prince William, and Queen Camilla are part of that. As non-working royals, Prince Harry and the Duke of York are no longer needed.
In addition, Prince William withdrew from public events for a while to assist his wife, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, in her recuperation following an abdominal surgery that she underwent last month.
However, it was previously stated on Monday that he would resume his public duties at a later time this week.
The King appeared on Sunday at a church service in Sandringham, where he strolled for roughly ten minutes while waving to the assembled people.
More than a week ago, he underwent a prostate procedure at a private hospital in London.
The Palace claimed at the time that the procedure was for a “benign” ailment.
“It was during this intervention that a separate issue of concern was noted and subsequently diagnosed as a form of cancer,” it stated on Monday.
The King decided to make his cancer treatment public because, during his time as Prince of Wales, he supported several charities that support cancer research, according to the Palace.
“In this capacity, His Majesty has often spoken publicly in support of cancer patients, their loved ones, and the wonderful health professionals who help care for them.”
To encourage more men to get prostate exams, he had also made his prostate treatment publicly known.
According to reports on the NHS website, he was thrilled to have brought attention to the problem, as there has been a rise in complaints regarding prostate conditions.
Thanking the King for bringing attention to “how cancer is indiscriminate,” the Royal Society of Medicine urged anyone who qualifies for cancer screenings to schedule an appointment.
“Please don’t be shy – the more information we have the better to help – hopefully – rule out cancer or, if not, put you on the most suitable treatment pathway,” the organization’s president, Dr. Jay Verma, said.
In the UK, one in two people will experience cancer at some point in their lives.
According to the NHS website, there are more than 200 different forms of cancer; the most prevalent ones in the UK are breast, lung, prostate, and bowel.
The risk of developing many types of cancer rises with age. According to UK data, persons 75 years of age and older accounted for more than a third (36%) of all new cancer cases annually on average.
Along with Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also wished the King a “full and speedy recovery”.
Speaking to the King, US President Joe Biden conveyed his worries.
“Navigating a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship takes hope and absolute courage,” he later said in a post on X. Along with the people of the United Kingdom, Jill and I are wishing for His Majesty’s quick and complete recovery.”
2018 also saw the deaths of Mr. Biden’s longtime friend, Republican Senator John McCain, from cancer, and his 46-year-old son, Beau, from brain cancer.
Following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022, Charles succeeded to the throne, and he was crowned the following May.
In May, the King and Queen will travel to Canada; in October, they will visit Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
There is no suggested date for the King’s return to full public duties, and the Palace has not yet confirmed whether the tours will take place.
The complete statement from Buckingham Palace