His Royal Highness King Charles spent a peaceful night within the confines of his London residence, following the commencement of his outpatient treatment for cancer. The nature of the cancer has yet to be disclosed by Buckingham Palace. However, it has been explicitly stated that the King is not suffering from prostate cancer. The discovery of the cancer was made during the King’s hospitalization for a benign enlargement of his prostate. Buckingham Palace released an official statement, revealing that the King has initiated his treatment regime and will be postponing his public duties in the interim. However, he is projected to maintain his involvement in paperwork related matters and private meetings. The King’s son, Prince William, will be assuming some of his father’s commitments during this period. The gravity of the situation led the King to personally inform his close relatives about his diagnosis and subsequent treatment. The Palace also confirmed that Prince Harry will be returning to the UK from his residence in California in the upcoming days.
The news of the King’s diagnosis has prompted a surge of support from politicians, religious leaders, and celebrities globally. American President Joe Biden, having personally experienced the loss of a son to cancer, extended a heartfelt and empathetic message, acknowledging the bravery required to face such a diagnosis. The Church of England, which is led by the British monarch, composed a special prayer dedicated to the King’s health. In the coming days, Prince Harry is scheduled to travel alone to London to visit his father. However, it has been reported by the BBC that his wife Meghan and their children Archie and Lilibet will remain in their California home. The BBC also pointed out that Harry’s visit to his father, amidst the recent tensions within the British royal family, may instigate hopes for a reconciliation, particularly between the youngest of the princes, his brother William, and the King.
Prime Minister Sunak expresses shock and sadness
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed his shock and sadness upon hearing the news, extending his thoughts to the King and his family. He expressed relief that King Charles’ cancer was detected at an early stage. Prime Minister Sunak voiced his hopes for the King’s full recovery, stating, “We all hope that the King gets the treatment he needs and makes a full recovery.” He added that he remained in regular contact with the King and will continue to communicate with him as usual during this challenging time.