It is the news that is shocking the world. King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer. Buckingham Palace put out a statement early this morning Australian time. The cancer was caught during His Majesty’s procedure to correct an enlarged prostate. The King has started immediate treatment.
King Charles’ cancer news comes just a few weeks after his former sister-in-law, Sarah Ferguson, was diagnosed with skin cancer. His daughter-in-law, Catherine, the Princess of Wales, has just been released from the hospital after abdominal surgery.
The King’s family, which includes his three siblings and two sons, have been informed of the diagnosis. It is unknown what stage the cancer is at or what kind it is. All of His Majesty’s in-person engagements have been cancelled for the time being as he recieves treatment.
It is believed that Prince Harry will return to the United Kingdom to be at his father’s side, but his wife, Meghan Markle, and their children, Archie and Lilibet, will not join him.
Some have speculated that this might be a chance for Harry to make amends with his brother and father. However, now is not the time to cling to something that will probably never happen.
A History Of Cancer
Furthermore, the British Royal Family is no stranger to cancer. The King’s maternal grandfather, King George VI, died of lung cancer. In 2008, a story emerged in the Evening Standard claiming that Prince Philip had prostate cancer.
Finally, upon seeing the story, Prince Philip had aides put out a statement to clarify that he did NOT have prostate cancer. Moreover, it has been rumoured that The Queen had bone cancer in her final years, a feat that has never been confirmed as her death certificate says, “Old Age.”