Buckingham Palace said on Monday (5) that King Charles III, aged 75, has cancer. It was not known what type of cancer or stage of the disease it was.
As a result, the king underwent a recent hospital stay to treat a growth in his prostate — which was not a tumor.
During hospitalization, doctors identified another health problem, described as a type of cancer – however, until the last update of this report, the type of tumor or the stage of the disease had not been specified. Furthermore, a source from the Reuters news agency reported that it is not prostate cancer.
Furthermore, according to the palace note, he has already started treatment. Doctors have recommended that he postpone some public activities, but the king must continue with “office” work and state obligations (he will maintain meetings with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, for example).
The king is “completely confident” about his treatment and wants to return to his public duties as soon as possible, the palace said.
He decided to make the diagnosis public to avoid speculation and to improve public understanding of what it is like to be affected by cancer. Disclosing an illness is a break with tradition for the British royal family. According to the Associated Press news agency, for centuries the country’s royalty avoided talking about health issues.
It is worth remembering that now the first in the line of succession after him is his eldest son, William. William’s children who are in line after their father: George, Charlotte and Louis.
Prince Harry, Charles’ youngest son who lives in the United States, will travel to the United Kingdom to meet his father. Harry and Charles already spoke after the diagnosis (see a succession line chart below).