Less than a year after King Charles III ascended to the throne, the Buckingham Palace revealed a significant health diagnosis. The son of the late Queen Elizabeth II has cancer, according to a statement the palace released on Monday (Feb. 5).
“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,” the statement said, per NBC News.
Though Buckingham Palace denied King Charles was suffering from prostate cancer, they didn’t specify which variant of the disease he has. Additionally, they remained tight-lipped about the stage of the cancer.
As of today, the King started a “schedule of regular treatments.” This means, per doctor’s order, he will “postpone public-facing duties.” He will be receiving this outpatient care in London, per reports.
As previously reported, King Charles took the throne last May. The coronation ceremony took place less than a year after his mother passed in September 2022. She was 96. So, this year was meant to mark the first full year of King Charles and Queen Camilla on the throne.
It’s unclear if the Queen’s public-facing duties have also been put on hold during this time or if she will step in as his proxy.
Here’s Why King Charles Wants The Public To Know About His Cancer
In their statement, Buckingham Palace revealed King Charles sought to curve rumors about his health. That’s one reason behind telling the world about the cancer diagnosis. The Royal also shared:
“…In the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”
His update comes after he and Princess Kate underwent medical procedures in January. Both received treatment at a private London clinic. Kate had a planned abdominal surgery and was hospitalized for about two weeks after.
Meanwhile, King Charles had a “corrective procedure” for an enlarged prostate. To note, the Royal is 75.
“The King 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.”
See the full statement below.