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King Charles III is Being Treated for Cancer

Britain’s King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer and has began treatment, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday. Less than 18 months into his reign, the 75-year-old monarch will halt public engagements but will continue to conduct official business and will not relinquish his constitutional obligations as head of state.

The palace did not specify the type of cancer the king has, but claimed it is unrelated to his recent treatment for a benign prostate issue.

The palace stated that “a separate issue of concern was noted” during Charles’ treatment for an enlarged prostate last month, when he spent three nights in a London hospital.

“Diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer,” the statement read.

“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties,” the palace stated in a statement. “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.”

The palace confirmed that the monarch is being treated as an outpatient.

It stated that Charles, who has normally been in good health, “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.”

The royal palace said the monarch “has chosen to share 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.”

Charles became king in September 2022, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne.

The news of the king’s diagnosis comes as his daughter-in-law Kate, Princess of Wales, recovers following stomach surgery that kept her in the hospital for two weeks.

Kate is still taking a break from royal duties while she recovers. Her husband, Prince William, the heir to the throne, has also taken time off to care for the couple’s three children, but is scheduled to preside over an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle and a charity banquet on Wednesday.

When Charles ascended to the throne, he intended to lead a leaner monarchy with fewer senior royals performing ceremonial public tasks. However, with Charles and Kate temporarily sidelined, Prince Harry self-exiled to California, and Prince Andrew mostly barred from public exposure due to his relationship with sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, the royal “Firm” risks becoming seriously overstretched.

The monarch personally called William and Harry, as well as his siblings Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward, to inform them of his health.

Harry, who retired from royal duties in 2020, has talked with his father about the illness and “will be traveling to the U.K. to see His Majesty in the coming days,” according to the office of Harry and Meghan.

Political figures in the United Kingdom extended expressions of support. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted, “I wish His Majesty a complete and swift recovery. I’m confident he’ll be back to full strength soon, and I know the entire country will be rooting for him.”

U.S. President Joe Biden, who was in Las Vegas on Monday, said he had just learned about Charles’ diagnosis and intends to meet with him, “God willing.”

“I’m concerned about him,” Biden told reporters.

The president subsequently said on X, formerly known as Twitter: “Navigating a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship requires hope and sheer courage. Jill and I join the people of the United Kingdom in praying for His Majesty’s speedy and complete recovery.”

Charles deviated from royal tradition by being frank about his prostate condition. For generations, the British royal family kept their health private.

When the United Kingdom’s kings wielded actual power, knowledge of illness was kept quiet for fear of undermining their authority. The practice of secrecy persisted even after royals became constitutional figureheads.

The British public was not informed that Charles’ grandfather, King George VI, had lung cancer prior to his death in February 1952 at the age of 56, and some historians say that the king was not informed of his grave illness.

During Elizabeth’s final years, the public was simply informed that she had “mobility issues.” The death certificate merely said that she died of “old age.”

Pat Price, the founder of the Catch Up With Cancer campaign, stated that millions of people felt a “collective concern” for the King’s health.

“The king’s openness about his battle with cancer is a powerful reminder that one in two of us may face cancer at some point in our lives,” he said.

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