Buckingham Palace has announced that King Charles III has cancer.
The announcement follows a recent hospitalization for an “enlarged prostate,” according to the BBC. However, the announcement clarified the king did not have prostate cancer.
The King chose to speak about his prostate treatment in London last month, hoping to encourage more men to schedule prostate exams.
He was said to have been delighted to have raised awareness about the issue, with the NHS website reporting a surge in issues about prostate conditions.
Typical of the secrecy and decorum associated with the royal family, the type of cancer has not been revealed, nor has there been any information released regarding the stage of cancer the king has or his prognosis.
The Palace announcement simply stated that the king “remains wholly positive about his treatment”: He began “regular treatments” on Monday and the monarch “looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.”
King Charles reportedly has had detailed conversations with both sons regarding his health status. Prince William is said to be in regular contact with his father.
Prince Harry, however, has a strained relationship with family members and now lives in the United States.
Prince Harry reportedly will travel to the U.K. soon to visit his father, fueling speculation that the King’s health situation is grave.
King Charles, 75, began cancer treatment at Sandringham in Norfolk on Monday and plans to continue outpatient treatments.
The King will not participate in public events for the foreseeable future, but will “continue his constitutional role as head of state, including paperwork and private meetings,” according to the BBC.
In the event the King cannot continue his duties as required by the constitution, “counselors of state” can be appointed by the King to fulfill those duties. Those familiar with the matter expect Queen Camilla, Prince William, and perhaps Prince Edward and Princess Anne to serve as “counselors of state” if necessary.
Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are not likely to be called upon to serve in that role as they have renounced or been stripped of royal titles.
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