British King Charles III has cancer, according to a statement issued by Buckingham Palace yesterday, Monday, February 5, 2024.
A statement from Buckingham Palace: https://t.co/zmYuaWBKw6
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Just over a week ago, while treating the monarch for an enlarged prostate, physicians found the unidentified malignancy. It is believed that the monarch has been diagnosed with cancer—not of the prostate—somewhere else in his body.
To this effect, the King will postpone his public engagements and it is expected that other senior royals will help to stand in for him while he receives treatment.
The King “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible,” according to Buckingham Palace.
The prognosis and cancer stage are not being disclosed further.
The 75-year-old monarch arrived back in London on Monday morning after leaving Sandringham, Norfolk, and the palace reports that he has started outpatient therapy.
The King will continue to carry out his constitutional duties as head of state, including paperwork and private meetings, even if he will be suspending his public appearances.
Because of a recent hospital procedure, the King is grateful to his medical team for their prompt assistance. He is still entirely satisfied with his care and eager to get back to doing his official duties as soon as possible, according to the statement.
The king had “selected 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,” the statement went on to say.