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King Charles diagnosed with cancer

Buckingham Palace reveals health challenge following prostate treatment, Royal Family adjusts duties

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Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, distinct from prostate cancer, which was incidentally discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate. The nature of the cancer has not been disclosed, but the palace confirmed that the King initiated "regular treatments" on Monday. Despite the health challenge, the King reportedly maintains a positive outlook towards his treatment.

In light of the diagnosis, King Charles has decided to postpone his public engagements. During this period, senior members of the royal family are expected to step in on his behalf. The King, aged 75, is reportedly looking forward to resuming full public duties as soon as possible, according to the palace statement. However, no detailed information has been shared regarding the stage of cancer or the long-term prognosis.

The King personally informed both his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, about his diagnosis. Prince William has been in regular contact with his father, while Prince Harry, currently residing in the United States, is planning to travel to the UK in the coming days to be with his family.

King Charles returned to London from Sandringham in Norfolk on Monday morning to commence his treatment as an outpatient. While public events will be put on hold, the monarch is expected to continue with his constitutional role as the head of state, which includes paperwork and private meetings.

In the event of the King's inability to carry out official duties, there is a constitutional mechanism in place wherein "counselors of state" can be appointed to stand in for the monarch. As of now, this includes Queen Camilla, Prince William, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward, with Prince Harry and Prince Andrew no longer serving as non-working royals.

The King's recent appearance at a church service in Sandringham on Sunday, where he waved to crowds, contrasted with the news of his prostate procedure at a private London hospital more than a week ago. The King had previously chosen to go public about his prostate treatment with the intention of encouraging more men to undergo prostate checks, contributing to heightened awareness.

Well-wishes for King Charles' recovery have poured in from political figures, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, and Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle. The King's openness about his health journey continues to shed light on important health issues, with a surge in awareness about prostate conditions reported on the NHS website.

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