King Charles III Has Cancer and Is Receiving Treatment, Buckingham Palace Says

Undated handout photo provided by Buckingham Palace of King Charles III during the state tour of France in September 2023. (Samir Hussein via AP)

King Charles III has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and has started treatment, Buckingham Palace said Monday.

The palace did not disclose the kind of cancer that was found or its stage, but did say that the illness is not related to the king’s recent treatment for a benign inflammatory condition.

“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties,” the palace said. “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.”

It said Charles, 75, “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.”

The palace added that the king “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.”

Charles became king in September 2022 when his mother Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96.

News of the king’s diagnosis comes as his daughter-in-law Kate, Princess of Wales, recovers from abdominal surgery that saw her hospitalized for about two weeks.

U.K. political leaders sent messages of support. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wrote a message on social media saying: “Wishing His Majesty a full and speedy recovery. I have no doubt he’ll be back to full strength in no time and I know the whole country will be wishing him well.”

With reporting from wire services.

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