King Charles has received a diagnosis of cancer, as confirmed by Buckingham Palace.
The exact type of cancer remains undisclosed, though it has been clarified that it is not prostate cancer. The diagnosis was made during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate.
Commencing on Monday, King Charles has initiated a course of “regular treatments” and will temporarily suspend his public duties, according to the Palace.
Despite this setback, the 75-year-old monarch maintains a positive outlook towards his treatment and eagerly anticipates resuming his full public duties as soon as possible, as stated by the Palace.
No additional information regarding the cancer’s stage or prognosis is being disclosed at this time.
King Charles personally conveyed the news of his diagnosis to both of his sons, with the Prince of Wales maintaining regular communication with his father. The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, who resides in the United States, also spoke with his father and plans to travel to the UK in the coming days to be by his side.
On Monday morning, King Charles returned to London from Sandringham in Norfolk and has since begun outpatient treatment.
While he will temporarily step back from public events, the King will continue to fulfill his constitutional role as the head of state, including handling paperwork and private meetings. His weekly meetings with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are set to proceed in person unless medical advice suggests limiting such contact.
Should the need arise, there is a constitutional provision in place for the appointment of “counsellors of state” to stand in for the monarch when they are unable to carry out official duties.