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King Charles III diagnosed with a form of cancer

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King Charles III has been diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer.

Buckingham Palace has said it is not prostate cancer after the King underwent treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The monarch started “regular treatments” today, Monday 5 February.

Buckingham Palace says the King "remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible".

Both of his children, Prince Harry and Prince William, have been told about their father’s health condition.

Buckingham Palace says the King "remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible".

King Charles, 75, returned to London from Norfolk this morning to start his treatment as an outpatient.

Whilst putting all public events on hold, he will continue his constitutional role as head of state, which involves paperwork and private engagements.

When the head of state is unable to carry out official duties a constitutional mechanism is put into place where “counsellors of state” such as Queen Camilla, Prince William, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, can stand in for the monarch.

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are no longer eligible for such duties.

Prince Harry [the Duke of Sussex] will travel to the UK within the next few days to visit his father.

King Charles said he wanted to go public with his illness to encourage men to undergo regular checks for prostate cancer.

​Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wished the King a "full and speedy recovery", alongside Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Commons Speaker Sir Lyndsay Hoyle.

In a statement Buckingham Palace said: '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.'

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