King Charles' cancer is at an early stage - The United Kingdom is in a state of shock
Prince William will soon take on additional duties
It shocks and shocks the news that King Charles has been diagnosed with another form of cancer and is stepping down from his public duties, according to the announcement from Buckingham Palace. The announcement comes days after the king, 75, was discharged from surgery and has been undergoing treatment since Monday. Doctors discovered the cancer when he underwent his medical procedure for an enlarged prostate.
Prince William will soon take on additional duties though he is by his wife's side after the Princess of Wales underwent abdominal surgery. But the increased obligations raise serious questions about the functioning of the monarchy. So Kensington Palace announced earlier today that it will resume public duties this week with a visit on Wednesday to Windsor Castle, followed by a gala fundraising event for the London Air Ambulance in the evening.
In the following days it was announced that Prince Harry is also arriving in London to support his father.
The King's cancer diagnosis is making all the headlines on Tuesday. The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Daily Express and Sun have the same photo of the monarch in a blue striped suit, which was taken during his state visit to France last year, but was released by the palace on Monday.
The Sun describes the nation as in a state of shock. Another report said the announcement breaks royal protocol. The Times reports that the news could not remain a secret for long, given that the King had begun to undergo treatment. But commentary on the front of the Telegraph says it is typical of the King's openness that he would share the news.
The Mirror says doctors hope it will encourage those with signs of the disease to seek treatment. A doctor in the paper writes that it shows that cancer is indiscriminate and there is no shame in seeking help.
The Times understands the disease is at an early stage. Analysis inside the newspaper says that by not disclosing the type of cancer he has, the King is unquestionably embracing everyone with any variant of the disease. But he says he also runs the risk that many will assume the situation is worse than the Palace is letting on.
"His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope that it can help the public understand all those around the world who have been affected by cancer," the Palace said in a statement.
On the news, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted: “I wish His Majesty a full and speedy recovery. I have no doubt he will be back to full strength in no time and I know the whole country will wish him well."
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “On behalf of the Labor Party, I wish Her Majesty all the best in her recovery. We look forward to seeing him back in full health."
Speaker of the Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle told MPs: “I know the whole House will want to join me in offering our condolences to His Majesty the King after the news was announced this evening.
"Our thoughts are, of course, with His Majesty and his family and we would all like to send him our best wishes for successful treatment and a speedy recovery following tonight's news."