By Ava Gilchrist

Just In: King Charles III Has Been Diagnosed With Cancer, Buckingham Palace Reveals

Prince Harry will fly to London to be by his father's side in light of the diagnosis
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 5: Buckingham Palace announced King Charles III has been diagnosed with a form of cancer after treatment in hospital for an enlarged prostate last week. (Photo by Samir Hussein – Handout/Getty Images)

Buckingham Palace has revealed that King Charles III has been diagnosed with “some sort of cancer”. The malignant cells were identified during the 75-year-old’s recent hospitalisation where he was admitted to treat a benign prostate enlargement. A statement from the palace revealed that it was during the procedure that a “separate issue of concern was noted”.

The monarch is not suffering from prostate cancer, with the extent of his condition or type of disease not yet revealed. The King underwent surgery on his swollen reproductive gland on Friday, January 26th. The former Prince Of Wales was reported to have been “doing well” in his recovery, though he had planned on stepping away from public duties for a month to fully recuperate.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: King Charles III with Queen Camilla leaves The London Clinic on January 29, 2024, in London, The King has been receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate, spending three nights at the London Clinic and visited daily by his wife Queen Camilla. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

In light of the surprising diagnosis, Buckingham Palace announced he would postpone all public duties for the unforeseeable future. “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 palace revealed. “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual,” they added.

The press release also notes King Charles’ gratitude towards his medical team and that his outlook remains “wholly positive about his treatment “. It finished by claiming King Charles’ intentions in sharing 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.”

SANDRINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – FEBRUARY 04: King Charles III and Queen Camilla attend the Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on February 4, 2024 in Sandringham, England. The King was discharged from hospital last Monday after spending three nights in The London Clinic following a corrective procedure for an enlarged prostate. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

The late heads of state, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, both were in good health well up until their near-century of life. But this isn’t the first time the crown has dealt with the disease. As you’ll recall, King Charles’s grandfather, King George VI, suffered from lung cancer and tragically passed from a coronary thrombosis, or a blood clot in the heart, at the age of 56. His early departure in 1951 catapulted his eldest daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, onto the throne at only 25—a position she remained for seven decades until September 2022.

It’s reported that Prince Harry, who is currently estranged from his father, has made plans to travel to London to be by King Charles’ side. “The Duke [of Sussex] did speak with his father about his diagnosis,” an insider revealed. “He will be travelling to the UK to see His Majesty in the coming days.” This will be the first time the Prince has connected with his family since the reported “peace talk” slated in September last year was axed. So far, no senior members of the royal family have issued a statement in support of their King’s recovery.

Eton, England September 6, 1995. Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles at Prince William’s first day at Eton. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)

This story first appeared on GRAZIA International.