King Charles diagnosed with cancer: Buckingham Palace
By TOI Desk Report February 6, 2024 Update on : February 6, 2024
King Charles III has been diagnosed with a form of cancer, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement Monday evening.
However, the type of cancer has not been revealed, although it is not prostate cancer.
The cancer was discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate, reports BBC.
The Palace said the King began “regular treatments” on Monday, and he will postpone public duties during it.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Tuesday that King Charles III’s cancer was caught early and the whole country is hoping for a speedy recovery as Prince Harry reportedly flew from the US to visit his father.
The Palace said that the king has begun outpatient treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer.
Sunak told BBC radio that thankfully, this has been caught early.
Buckingham Palace said Harry spoke with his father about the cancer diagnosis.
King Charles informed his sons –Prince William and Prince Harry– and his siblings– Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward– personally about his health.
The 75-year-old monarch has suspended public engagements but will continue with state business and won’t be handing over his constitutional role as head of state.
The palace said the king is completely positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.
When his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne, Charles became king in September 2022.
The king’s diagnosis comes as his daughter-in-law Kate Princess of Wales recovers from abdominal surgery.
However, the King and Queen are scheduled to visit Australia, New Zealand and Samoa for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October. They are slated to visit Canada in May this year.