King Charles III has been diagnosed with “a form of cancer”, as Buckingham Palace announced in a statement without giving further details on the diagnosis. The tumor was discovered during treatment for an enlarged prostate earlier this month, although, as announced, it is not a cancer of this gland. Doctors have recommended the king, 75, cancel his public appearances while he undergoes treatment, but he will continue to conduct state affairs at the official residence. The statement noted that the monarch decided to share her diagnosis “to avoid speculation and in the hope that it may help everyone affected by cancer.”
The monarch traveled to London on Monday from her residence in Sandrigham, Norfolk, to begin receiving treatment at the hospital in scheduled sessions. “During this time, Her Majesty will continue with state business and official procedures as usual,” the statement added.
The text of the press release, which speaks of a “scheduled program of regular treatments”, seems to rule out Carlos III undergoing surgery. The usual treatments in these cases are chemotherapy, radiotherapy or immunotherapy.
According to Cancer research in the UKthe most prestigious British organization in the fight against this disease, at the age of the monarch the most common cancers in men are the bladder, intestine, lung, melanoma or prostate.
The monarch personally communicated the news to his two sons, William (the heir and Prince of Wales) and Henry. The latter announced that he would travel to the United Kingdom in the coming days to visit his father. There is a constitutional mechanism provided to replace the king in the event of serious illness. These are the so-called “Councillors of State”, who can replace him in his public duties, in this order: Queen Camilla, Prince William, Princess Anne (sister of the monarch) and Prince Edward (brother). However, as can be deduced from the Buckingham Palace text, there is currently no need to activate this provision.
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The news also coincides with the Prince of Wales’ decision to step away from public duties for a few days, to care for his children and his wife, Kate Middleton, who is recovering from abdominal surgery that left her kept hospitalized for two weeks. The Princess of Wales has asked that her privacy be respected, and to date she has not revealed the precise reason for an intervention that all experts have not hesitated to describe as “serious”, due to time of convalescence that she required.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, wished the monarch “a speedy and full recovery” after learning of his diagnosis. “I have no doubt that he will regain full strength in a short time and I know that the entire country wishes him the best,” he wrote on his official X account, formerly Twitter. Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer and the speaker (Speaker) of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, added their wishes for a speedy recovery to those of the Prime Minister.
Carlos III announced on January 17 that he suffered from an enlarged prostate, like many men his age. The diagnosis was a benign tumor, Buckingham Palace announced at the time. He was admitted to the London Clinic on the 26th, where he stayed for three nights. The monarch left the hospital facilities to his own devices. Last Sunday he could be seen leaving the church service he was attending in Sandrigham. Walking and smiling, he greeted the curious people gathered in the area.