King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer.
“During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer,” Buckingham Palace announced in an official statement shared Monday.
“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.”
The statement made sure to note that the British monarch, 75, “is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.”
It concluded, “His Majesty 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.”
Officials did not disclose what specific form of cancer Charles was diagnosed with.
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Just last month, the king – who ascended the throne in May 2023 following the September 2022 death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96 – underwent “a corrective procedure” to treat his enlarged prostate, after which he spent a week in the hospital.
The news about his health struggles came within hours of the announcement that his daughter-in-law Kate Middleton underwent “planned abdominal surgery.”
“The surgery was successful and it is expected that she will remain in hospital for ten to fourteen days, before returning home to continue her recovery,” a statement on behalf of the Princess of Wales read.
Middleton, 42, encouraged people to “maintain as much normality for her children as possible.” She shares three kids – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – with husband Prince William.