The British Royal Family is bracing up with a wave of repeating history after officially reporting that the current monarch, King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer. With a health setback, the monarch has joined the line of few of his predecessors who were down with the same illness. The official announcement was made by the Buckingham Palace and in the wake of the diagnosis, the King would be deferring his public-facing duties.
The Palace said that the disease was found out during the King's recent hospital procedure and that he remains wholly positive about his treatment. In a statement, the Palace said, "During The King's recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer."
The Palace further wrote, "His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties. Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual. The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure."
"He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible. His Majesty has chosen to share 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", the Buckingham Palace added.
The 75-year-old monarch has recently taken the realm after the demise of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. The health setback of King Charles has come as a bolt from the blue for his family members and he is determined not to shun away from regular duties including continuing his constitutional role as the head of the state and hosting private meetings. Though the Palace asserted that the King wasn't down with the prostate cancer, it has offered no further details about what type of cancer that the King is affected with.
With King Charles III diagnosed with cancer, the history where several previous monarchs battled cancer is repeating itself. The monarchs including Princess Victoria, King Edward II, King Edward III, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) had previously got affected by cancer. According to The Guardian, King Charles had begun regular outpatient treatments on Monday and he had personally informed both his sons, the Prince of Wales William and the Duke of Sussex Harry.
The King had encountered health problems last month when Buckingham Palace announced on January 17 that the King would attend hospital to undergo a corrective procedure for a benign enlarged prostate. CNN reported that he had been diagnosed after experiencing symptoms and receiving a check-up during his stay at his Birkhall residence in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was discharged from the London clinic on January 29 and was previously said to have been doing well.
The news of King Charles III getting diagnosed with cancer has made a splash globally with several world leaders sending their wishes to the monarch for a swift recovery. Taking to social media, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wrote, "Wishing his majesty a full and speedy recovery. I have no doubt he'll be back to full strength in no time and I know the whole country will be wishing him well."
US President Joe Biden told reporters, "I am concerned about him. Just heard about his diagnosis. I'll be talking to him, God willing." Notably, one of Biden's son, Beau Biden, had died of brain cancer in 2015. The US President later wrote on social media, "Navigating a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship takes hope and absolute courage. Jill and I join the people of the United Kingdom in praying that His Majesty experiences a swift and full recovery."
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media and wrote, "I join the people of India in wishing speedy recovery and good health to His Majesty King Charles III." Former US President Donald Trump wrote, "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." Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote, "The whole country will be rooting for the King today. Best wishes to Charles III for a full and speedy recovery."