KING CHARLES III has been diagnosed with cancer, a statement from Buckingham Palace said this morning.
While the Palace did not reveal what kind of cancer the King has been diagnosed with — it is not prostate cancer, according to the BBC. It was, however, discovered during the 75 year old’s treatment for a benign prostate enlargement last month.
The Palace added that the King began “regular treatments” on Monday, having travelled from Sandringham to London, and will step back from his public-facing duties for the foreseeable future. He will continue to fulfil his constitutional duties as head of state.
“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 statement read. “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual,” the statement read.
It added that the King, who only ascended to the throne 16 months ago, “Remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.”
No further details have been shared as to the prognosis or stage.
The BBC notes that Charles personally informed both his sons about his diagnosis and that the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, who currently lives in the United States, will be travelling to the UK to see him in coming days.
Prince William had also temporarily withdrawn from public engagements while assisting his wife Catherine, the Princess of Wales, following her recovery from abdominal surgery last month.
More to come.
This story originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR Australia/New Zealand.