-Buckingham Palace says King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer
-The cancer was discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate
King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer.
A statement issued by the Buckingham Palace said the cancer was discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate.
The monarch is scheduled to begin “regular treatments” on Monday and will postpone public duties during the period.
The terse statement did not give details regarding the stage of cancer or chance of recovery.
Buckingham Palace says King Charles decided to disclose his diagnosis “to prevent speculation and, in the hope, it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”
The statement further said King Charles, 75, “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible,”
The cancer diagnosis notwithstanding, the King is expected to continue discharging his constitutional role as head of state.
This means his weekly audiences with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will continue and will be in person.
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The BBC reports that only a doctor can limit such contact. Also, the publication reports that a constitutional mechanism allows “counsellors of state” to be appointed to stand in for the monarch in case he’s unable to discharge his official duties.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wished the King a “full and speedy recovery.”
US President Joe Biden, in a post on X, said he would speak to the King.
“Navigating a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship takes hope and absolute courage.
Jill and I join the people of the United Kingdom in praying that His Majesty experiences a swift and full recovery.”
Biden’s son, Beau, succumbed to brain cancer at age 46.
Charles ascended to the throne following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022.
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.
The palace has yet to specify if the tours will go ahead.
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