Buckingham Palace sources have not disclosed the specific type of cancer affecting the King; it is not prostate cancer but was identified during recent treatment for an enlarged prostate.
Commencing “regular treatments” on Monday, the King will temporarily step back from public duties while undergoing the prescribed medical care, as announced by the Palace. Despite the challenge, the 75-year-old monarch maintains a positive outlook towards his treatment and eagerly anticipates a swift return to full public engagement.
The Palace maintains confidentiality regarding the cancer stage and prognosis, providing only the essential information.
Prince Charles personally conveyed the diagnosis to both his sons, staying in regular communication with the Prince of Wales during this period. Prince Harry, currently residing in the United States, has spoken with his father and plans to travel to the UK to be by his side in the coming days.
Returning to London from Sandringham in Norfolk on Monday morning, the King has opted for outpatient treatment, allowing him to fulfil his constitutional role as head of state. Although public events will be momentarily paused, he will continue to discharge his duties, managing paperwork and holding private meetings.
The King’s weekly audiences with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are expected to persist, conducted in person, unless medical advice prompts a limitation on such direct contact.
In the event that the head of state is unable to fulfil official duties, a constitutional provision allows for the appointment of “counsellors of state” to act on behalf of the monarch. This mechanism ensures the continuity of governance during periods when the King is unable to discharge his duties.