On Monday, Buckingham Palace revealed that King Charles III of Britain is undergoing treatment for cancer. Despite being only 75 and still relatively new to his reign, the king will be stepping back from public appearances temporarily while he focuses on his health. However, he’ll continue with his official duties as head of state.
The specific type of cancer hasn’t been disclosed, but it’s said not to be related to his recent treatment for a prostate issue. During that hospital stay, doctors noticed another health concern, leading to the cancer diagnosis.
Charles has started regular treatments as an outpatient and is taking a break from public-facing duties while he undergoes them. But he’s determined to keep up with his state responsibilities and official paperwork.
Despite this health setback, Charles remains optimistic about his treatment and is eager to get back to his full public duties soon. His decision to share his diagnosis is aimed at avoiding speculation and offering support to others dealing with cancer.
Charles took over the throne in 2022 after the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The news about his cancer comes at a challenging time, with his daughter-in-law Kate recovering from surgery and his son Prince Harry planning a visit to the UK to see him.
Leaders from both the UK and beyond have sent their well wishes, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and US President Joe Biden.
This move towards openness about his health is a shift from tradition for the royal family, highlighting the importance of awareness and support for those battling cancer.