King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer and has begun treatment, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday. Less than 18 months into his reign, he will suspend his public functions but will continue his state activities and will not renounce his constitutional functions as head of state.
The palace said the cancer was not linked to the king’s recent treatment for benign prostate disease. It was not specified what form of cancer the 75-year-old monarch is suffering from.
The palace said “a separate area of concern was noted” during Charles’ treatment for an enlarged prostate last month.
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“Diagnostic tests identified a form of cancer,” the statement said.
“Her Majesty today began a program of regular treatments, during which doctors have advised her to postpone speaking to the public,” the palace said. “During this period, Her Majesty will continue to deal with state affairs and administrative formalities as usual.”
It says Charles “remains fully positive about his treatment and hopes to return to full public service as soon as possible.”
The palace added that the king “chose to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope that it may help the public understand all those around the world affected by cancer.”
Charles became king in September 2022 when his mother Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96.
News of the king’s diagnosis comes as his daughter-in-law Catherine, Princess of Wales, recovers from an abdominal operation which saw her hospitalized for around two weeks.
British political leaders have sent messages of support. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted: “I wish His Majesty a full and speedy recovery. I have no doubt he will be back to full health in no time and I know the whole country will wish him well. “
Charles deviated from royal tradition by being open about his prostate problem. For centuries, the British royal family has remained tight-lipped on health matters.
Canada’s Governor General Mary Simon said the king “leads by example” and that news of his diagnosis will “hopefully encourage and motivate those who are struggling with their own treatment.”
“We admire the king’s strength and determination in the face of this disease,” she said.