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King Charles cancer diagnosis: What you need to know

As Big Ben struck 6pm, Buckingham Palace dropped the shock announcement that King Charles has cancer.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • The 75-year-old monarch was diagnosed with a type of cancer
  • Tests after ‘separate issue of concern’ following enlarged prostate treatment
  • Charles does not have prostate cancer; type of cancer will not be publicised
  • The King has travelled back to London to start treatment immediately
  • He personally told his sons William and Harry the news
  • Prince Harry will fly to London to be by his father’s side
  • Meghan and their two children will stay in LA, it has been reported
  • US President Joe Biden ‘concerned’ about Charles and will speak to him
  • Queen Camilla to play important role in supporting Charles through cancer battle
  • His Majesty has postponed public-facing duties
  • Charles wanted to make diagnosis public to prevent speculation

‘Charles talking about cancer is positive step’

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, a leading expert on public health, told ITV’s Peston that Charles revealing he has cancer is a ‘positive step’.

‘Cancer is so terrifying to people that they’d rather not talk about, they’d rather not think about it. The more we realise that it’s something we have to discuss, it’s something we can do something about in terms of prevention and early diagnosis and treatment.

‘So the fact the monarch is prepared to talk about his own cancer diagnosis I think is a very positive step.’

It is understood the King’s condition has been caught very early and the prognosis is good.

Charles was last night reported to be ‘hugely positive’ following shock news that he has cancer.

And family and friends were said to be amazed by his determination to carry on with ‘business as usual’.

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Charles will have an expert team of doctors to shepherd him through treatment for his unknown cancer battle.

The man who is likely overseeing the King’s treatment at large is Dr Michael Dixon, who has been head of the Royal Medical Household since 2022.

The 71-year-old GP, who has an OBE for services to primary care, has previously been the subject of discussion in the media over his support for homeopathy.

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Emmanuel Macron says thoughts with Charles

In the last 30 minutes, French President Emmanuel Macron has sent a message to Charles.

Writing on X, he wished the King a speedy recovery.

Not being seen in public ‘will frustrate Charles’

King Charles’ former media manager, Dickie Arbiter, told the BBC that not being able to fulfill his public duties will frustrate His Majesty.

He said he will be ‘upbeat and he’s carrying on work as usual’ in terms of administration but won’t be seen in public.

And that’s the part that will frustrate him because that’s his job; to be seen out and about by the great British public, by the people of the Commonwealth, by the people of the realms, by business, by industry, by parliamentarians and he’s not able to do that.

Charles thanked for raising cancer awareness

Medical professionals have thanked the King for raising awareness about cancer after sharing news about his diagnosis.

Dr Jay Verma, president of the GP section at the Royal Society of Medicine, thanked Charles for using his ‘unique position’ to highlight how cancer can affect anyone.

Professor Pat Price, founder of the Catch Up With Cancer campaign, similarly praised Charles’ honesty, saying: ‘The King’s openness about his battle with cancer is a powerful reminder that one in two of us may face cancer at some point in our lives.’

Chiara De Biase, director of support and influencing at Prostate Cancer UK, highlighted a 500 percent increase in people coming to the charity’s website for information and support in the week following the King’s announcement of his enlarged prostate condition in January.

FILE - Britain's King Charles III and Queen Camilla leave The London Clinic in central London, Jan. 29, 2024 after King Charles III received treatment for an enlarged prostate. The announcement on Monday Feb. 5, 2024 that King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer has come as a shock to many in Britain, largely because the 75-year-old monarch has generally enjoyed good health through the years. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

Church of England sends ‘prayer for the King’

The Church of England has published a ‘prayer for the King’.

Royal Commentator: ‘The Palace has been incredibly open compared to past monarchs’

Royal Commentator, Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchinbrooke, says King Charles’ openness shows a ‘different type of monarchy’.

She said: ‘King Charles’ is really using his platform, which is wonderful, for public figures and people of influence to use their platform to then be able to say ‘this has happened to me’.

NHS GP says King Charles’ cancer is ‘more likely to be at a very early stage’

NHS GP Dr. Philippa Kaye says King Charles’ cancer is ‘more likely to be at a very early stage’.

Professor Price: ‘King’s openness a powerful reminder that one in two of us may face cancer’

Professor Pat Price, founder of the Catch Up With Cancer campaign said: “In this worrying time, our hearts go out to the King and his family.

“The outpouring of well-wishes from millions of people reflects the collective concern we all share.

“The King’s openness about his battle with cancer is a powerful reminder that one in two of us may face cancer at some point in our lives.”

Prince Harry will fly from California to London to be by King Charles’ side TODAY

Prince Harry will be flying from California to London today, to be reunited with his father. The average flight time from California to London is 10 hours and 26 minutes.

Harry’s wife Meghan Markle and their children Archie, four, and Lilibet, two, will stay in LA, a source close to the duke has revealed.

The King’s sibling Prince Andrew was spotted earlier today putting on a brave face as he rode his horse in Windsor.

The Duke of York, 63, was joined by two female companions for the ride of Windsor Great Park – not far from his seven-bedroom home, Royal Lodge. Andrew appeared at ease as he chatted to the pair during an overcast day in Berkshire.

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Ex-Royal butler: ‘King will put duties before health’

Former royal butler Grant Harrold has told GB News Charles will put his duties before his health.

‘This is somebody who doesn’t take duties lightly. He’s a hard worker, dare I say a workaholic,’ he said.

Her later told Sky News he was left shocked by the announcement.

Thomas Markle is the latest to wish Charles a speedy recovery.

Meghan Markle’s estranged father, who has had his own health woes and is still recovering from a major stroke he suffered in 2002, said: ‘I want to send my best wishes to King Charles and hope he gets well very soon. I wish him all the good wishes in the world.’

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The world is still reeling as leaders from across the globe and the public rallied around Charles in his fight against cancer.

The 75-year-old monarch has said he hopes that his diagnosis ‘may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.’

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Royal Family’s month of health scares

It’s been a troubling time for the Royal Family at late with several health scares.

It was only announced just over two weeks ago, while Kate Middleton is at home recovering following a two week stay in hospital after abdominal surgery.

The King himself recently underwent treatment for an enlarged treatment where separate tests discovered he had cancer.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle statement following King’s diagnosis

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle earlier made a statement to the House of Commons.

You can watch it below.

Only days ago Camilla told how her beloved husband was ‘getting on’ and ‘doing his best’ following his prostate surgery.

Camilla, 76, was asked how her husband was faring as she officially opened a new Maggie’s cancer support centre at the Royal Free Hospital in north west London.

The Mail’s Rebecca English has been discussing the important role Camilla will play in supporting Charles through his treatment.

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Announcement day after World Cancer Day

The announcement comes a day after World Cancer Day and follows a poignant message posted by All On The Board on X.

Charles told William, Harry, and Andrew personally

The King is understood to have personally informed his sons Prince William and Prince Harry about his condition.

The BBC also reports Charles told his siblings, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Anne, Princess Royal and Andrew, Duke of York follow the coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Neil Mockford/WireImage)

Breaking: Meghan and children will NOT travel with Harry

Meghan Markle, Princess Lilibet, and Prince Archie will NOT be travelling with Prince Harry to London, it has been reported.

The New York Post reports they will be staying in Los Angeles as the Duke of Sussex rushes to be with his father.

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‘We should be grateful this has been found’

Jennie Bond told GB News ‘we should be grateful that this has been found, and hopefully early on’.

Donald Trump: ‘Charles is a wonderful man’

Former US President Donald Trump has posted on social media wishing Charles a fast and full recovery.

He said: ‘King Charles has cancer. He is a wonderful man, who I got to know well during my presidency, and we all pray that he has a fast and full recovery!’

FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2023, Saturday, March 4, 2023, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. A judge in London on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 threw out a lawsuit by former U.S. President Donald Trump accusing a former British spy of making

Cardinal ‘praying for King’

Cardinal Nichols is praying for the King’s recovery and sent his prayers.

Joe Biden will phone Charles later

US President Joe Biden has been left concerned about the King and plans to phone Charles.

He told reporters: ‘I’m concerned about him. Just heard about his diagnosis.

‘I’ll be talking to him, God willing.’

NHS chief: ‘Finding out you have cancer is daunting’

NHS England chief executive said ‘finding out you have cancer can be very daunting.

‘We hope King Charles’ treatment goes well,’ she said.

‘As ever, if you have any symptoms or signs of cancer, please do come forward for checks.’

(Pictured: King Charles III greets Britain’s Health Secretary Victoria Atkins (L), Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England Ruth May (C) and NHS England CEO Amanda Pritchard, during a reception to celebrate nurses and midwives working in the UK, at Buckingham Palace in London on November 14, 2023)

Britain's King Charles III greets Britain's Health Secretary Victoria Atkins (L), Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England Ruth May (C) and NHS England CEO Amanda Pritchard, during a reception to celebrate nurses and midwives working in the UK, at Buckingham Palace in London on November 14, 2023. The reception forms part of the National Health Service's NHS 75 celebrations, and also part of the King's 75th birthday events. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

King takes a quiet walk with Camilla

The King took a quiet walk with Queen Camilla yesterday after the pair departed Sandringham church.

Breaking: Pictures from Buckingham Palace this evening

People have been gathering outside Buckingham Palace this evening.

The Royal Standard could also be seen fluttering in the wind, indicating Charles is present within the Palace walls.

People stand outside Buckingham Palace, after it was announced Britain's King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, in London, Britain, February 5, 2024. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
The Royal Standard flies above Buckingham Palace, after it was announced Britain's King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, in London, Britain, February 5, 2024. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People stand near Buckingham Palace, after it was announced Britain's King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, in London, Britain, February 5, 2024. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

With King to be sidelined for longer after the shock announcement of his cancer diagnosis, and the Princess of Wales recovering from abdominal surgery, it means Prince William will shoulder more responsibility.

The Prince of Wales, 41, had recently postponed his royal engagements to be by his wife Kate Middleton’s side.

Kensington Palace announced earlier today, however, that he would resume public duties this week by conducting an investiture on Wednesday at Windsor Castle, followed by a gala fundraising event for the London Air Ambulance in the evening.

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Cancer charities react to Charles’ diagnosis

Maggie’s cancer support, which Camilla has been president of since 2008, said it was ‘very sorry’ to hear of the Charles’ diagnosis.

Chief executive Dame Laura Lee said: ‘We are incredibly sorry to hear the King’s news and our thoughts are with him.

‘We also know how challenging and worrying a time a cancer diagnosis can be for the whole family and our thoughts are very much with our president, Her Majesty The Queen.

‘We have centres across the country for anyone living with cancer or impacted by this announcement.’

Macmillan Cancer Support also posted a message on X sending best wishes to Charles and the Royal Family.

Diagnosis ‘will bring reconciliation’ with Harry

Jennie Bond earlier told Sky News said she hoped that King Charles III’s cancer diagnosis ‘will bring a reconciliation’ with Prince Harry.

Harry estranged brother William is also in close contact with his father but neither brother has made a public statement yet.

Harry’s return ‘indicates seriousness’ of diagnosis

Talk TV’s royal editor Sarah Hewson says Prince Harry’s return to the UK ‘indicates the seriousness’ of King Charles’ cancer diagnosis.

‘I am sure that since his father first went into hospital, and since it was first announced that his father was going into hospital for the prostate treatment, and that his sister-in-law was in hospital, I’m sure that Prince Harry has never felt further away.’

Palace release image of King after announcement

The Palace released this image of the monarch, which showed Charles during the state tour of France in September 2023.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 5: This handout photo provided by Buckingham Palace shows King Charles III during the state tour of France in September 2023 on February 5, 2024 in London, England. Buckingham Palace announced the King 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)

Pictured: Charles at Sandringham church

The King and Queen Camilla were pictured yesterday attending Sandringham church.

(FILE PHOTO) King Charles III Diagnosed with Cancer after his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate. SANDRINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 04: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) 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)

Cancer diagnosis week after leaving hospital

The announcement of the cancer diagnosis comes just a week after Charles appeared cheerful as he waved to the crowds as he was released from The London Clinic after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The King’s son Prince Harry will fly in from America to be by his father’s side as he begins his battle against cancer.

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Chief Rabbi ‘saddened’ by King’s diagnosis

Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis says he is ‘saddened to have heard about His Majesty’s diagnosis’.

Messages flood in wishing Charles well

X, formerly Twitter, has been flooded with well-wishes from the likes as former prime ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, as well as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

‘Terrible shock for Queen Camilla’

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond has been talking to Sky News about the King’s cancer battle.

She said it would have come as ‘terrible shock’ to Queen Camilla.

A terrible shock for him and I think an even greater shock for Camilla. I do feel for Camilla because he is her rock and vice versa and all the time he spent in hospital when she was there poppingi nevery five minutes showed just how much they love each other and feel a bit lost without each other.

The Mail’s Sarah Vine has sent her best wishes to the King while saying ‘this comes as an unwelcome shock, not just for the nation, still very much in mourning after the death of his mother, but also for the Royal Family itself’.

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Sarah Vine

Prince Harry to travel to the UK ‘in coming days’

The Duke of Sussex has spoken to his father about his cancer diagnosis and will travel to the UK in the coming days, according to a source close to Harry.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Veysey/Shutterstock (13848271p) Prince Harry arrives at the High Court, London Privacy lawsuit against Associated Newspapers, High Court, London, UK - 28 Mar 2023

The monarch was last pictured at Sandringham yesterday before the shock announcement this evening.

He appeared to be in high spirits ahead of the church service at the Sandringham Estate Chapel, following a short hospital stay last week for treatment on an enlarged prostate.

To confirm, King Charles does not have prostate cancer and the Palace said it will not be revealing the type of cancer the monarch has.

You can read our full story below.

Rishi Sunak wishes monarch ‘speedy recovery’

The Prime Minister was among one of the first to send the 75-year-old monarch well wishes which have flooded social media since the announcement

Buckingham Palace statement in full

The Palace has announced this evening King Charles has been diagnosed with a type of cancer.

The full statement is below.

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