Buckingham Palace confirmed on Monday that King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer. Contrary to initial speculation, it is not prostate cancer, but rather a condition discovered during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate.
The exact nature of the cancer remains undisclosed, but a statement from the palace informed the public that the King commenced “regular treatments” on Monday.
As a consequence of his diagnosis, King Charles will be temporarily stepping back from his public engagements. It is anticipated that other senior members of the royal family will assume his responsibilities during the course of his treatment, the BBC reported.
The statement released by the palace refrained from providing additional details regarding the stage of the cancer or any prognosis.
“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 read.
“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,” it read.
According to a report by the BBC, the 75-year- old monarch was seen waving to crowds at a church service in Sandringham on Sunday. His public appearance followed a prostate procedure conducted at a private London hospital over a week ago.
King Charles had chosen to publicise his prostate treatment, with the intention of encouraging more men to undergo prostate checks, the report stated. The palace noted his satisfaction in raising awareness about the issue, leading to a surge in inquiries related to prostate conditions on the NHS website.