King Charles Diagnosed With Form of Cancer, Buckingham Palace Confirms
King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer. Buckingham Palace confirmed the tragic diagnosis on Monday without specifying how advanced the disease is, or what type of cancer he was diagnosed with. It was determined during King Charles’ recent hospitalization for a separate procedure.
“During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted,” the palace said in a statement to NBC. “Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.”
“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties,” the statement continued. It further noted that King Charles chose to disclose his diagnosis “in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”
King Charles only ascended the throne last May after his mother, Queen Elizabeth, died at age 96 after 70 years on the throne. She ended her reign as Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
Both Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, are also on medical leave, having undergone separate procedures last month. William is expected to return to royal duty on Wednesday, while Middleton is expected to return before March 31.
The palace did not give a timeframe for King Charles’ return to duties.