KING Charles has bravely revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer – just weeks after the monarch underwent prostate treatment.
From treatment to breaking the news to his family, here’s what we know so far.
WHAT FORM OF CANCER DOES KING HAVE?
ALL that is known about the King’s condition is that he does not have prostate cancer.
No further details about what stage the cancer is or the prognosis has been given, but Charles is reported to be “positive” about his treatment and looking forward to being able to return to full public duties as soon as possible.
HOW WAS IT DISCOVERED?
DURING his treatment for benign prostate enlargement, which involved an operation at the private London Clinic on January 26, a “separate issue of concern was noted” by the King’s doctors.
Tests subsequently confirmed cancer.
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HAS TREATMENT BEGUN?
YES. The King began his treatment as an outpatient at a London hospital yesterday.
Last night he was back at his Clarence House home in central London.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON HIS PUBLIC DUTIES?
THE King will still get Red Box paperwork and work on State documents during his treatment and there are no plans to appoint Counsellors of State to take over his official duties.
The weekly audience with PM Rishi Sunak will continue, as will Privy Council meetings.
Charles, will, however, have to rearrange or postpone upcoming public-facing engagements.
No date has been given for when these will resume.
Queen Camilla will continue with a full programme of public duties.
DID THE KING BREAK THE NEWS TO HIS FAMILY HIMSELF?
YES. All the King’s siblings and children were notified by him personally.
Prince Harry is to fly to the UK in the coming days from his home in Los Angeles to support his father.
TIMELINE OF HEALTH WOE
HERE is a date-by-date rundown of the health worries to have struck the royals this year.
JANUARY 16: Kate is admitted to the London Clinic for abdominal surgery.
JAN 17: It is announced that the King is to have treatment for a benign enlarged prostate.
JAN 18: William spends time at Kate’s bedside.
JAN 19: The King flies back from Scotland with the Queen.
JAN 21: It is announced Sarah, Duchess of York, has malignant melanoma, a skin cancer.
JAN 23: Kate’s hospital stay passes one week. JAN 26: The King is admitted to the London Clinic for treatment.
JAN 29: The King is discharged from hospital. Kate leaves the same day.
JAN 31: Queen Camilla announces that the King is “getting on, doing his best”.
FEBRUARY 5: Buckingham Palace announces the King has cancer, but not of the prostate, and will not carry out public-facing duties.