An announcement from Buckingham Palace on Monday, February 5, revealed that King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer.
Below is the full statement:
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.
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 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.
His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.
Buckingham Palace shared no further details on the stage or type of the cancer.
The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, who officially quit royal duties in 2020, is expected to travel back to the United Kingdom in light of the news of his father’s diagnosis.
The Palace has said that King Charles has started treatment as an outpatient.
UK media has reported that the King is expected to continue as Head of State, including weekly meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, unless medically advised not to.