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King Charles III Diagnosed With Cancer

Clare Fitzgerald
Photo Credit: Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images

Following what was intended to be a routine hospital procedure, Buckingham Palace has announced that King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer. The 75-year-old monarch, who ascended to the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, postponed all upcoming engagements in response to the news.

King Charles III standing outside the London Clinic
King Charles III leaving the London Clinic after undergoing surgery for an enlarged prostate, January 2024. (Photo Credit: Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images)

Word of King Charles III‘s condition was announced on February 5, 2024, with Buckingham Palace stating, “During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.

“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 statement added. “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.

Buckingham Palace concluded by saying the King “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible” and that the monarch’s “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.”

While Buckingham Palace didn’t specify the type or what stage it is, a source close to CNN confirmed to the publication that it’s not prostate cancer. The unnamed source added that Charles III returned to Sandringham to begin outpatient treatment. It has been reported by PEOPLE that the King told his sons, Princes William and Harry, as well as his siblings, personally, before news of his condition was made public.

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort walking outside
King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort attending mass at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate, February 2024. (Photo Credit: Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images)

In late January 2024, Charles III underwent surgery for an enlarged prostate at the London Clinic. He spoke publicly about the procedure, for which he spent three days recovering, in the hope of encouraging other men to get regular checks.

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Around the same time, Catherine, Princess of Wales, was also admitted to the same hospital for abdominal surgery. After a 13-day stay, she returned home to Windsor, where she’s expected to spend the next few months recuperating.

Clare Fitzgerald

Clare Fitzgerald is a Writer and Editor with eight years of experience in the online content sphere. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from King’s University College at Western University, her portfolio includes coverage of digital media, current affairs, history and true crime.

Among her accomplishments are being the Founder of the true crime blog, Stories of the Unsolved, which garners between 400,000 and 500,000 views annually, and a contributor for John Lordan’s Seriously Mysterious podcast. Prior to its hiatus, she also served as the Head of Content for UK YouTube publication, TenEighty Magazine.

In her spare time, Clare likes to play Pokemon GO and re-watch Heartland over and over (and over) again. She’ll also rave about her three Maltese dogs whenever she gets the chance.

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