King Charles diagnosed with cancer: What’s next for the UK monarchy? | News
King of the United Kingdom Charles III He was diagnosed Buckingham Palace announced that he had been diagnosed with a form of cancer and would postpone his public duties.
King Charles recently spent three nights in hospital undergoing treatment for an enlarged prostate. It is understood that this separate issue was discovered during this procedure.
Here’s what’s known about King Charles’ condition and what it means for the royal family.
What type of cancer does King Charles have?
In Monday’s announcement, palace officials did not specify what type of cancer the king had or how serious his condition was. A royal source told Reuters it was not prostate cancer.
The palace said only that the king began a schedule of regular treatments, “during which time doctors advised him to postpone his public duties.”
The palace added: “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to carry out state business and official papers as usual.”
Buckingham Palace also said the king decided to be open about his cancer diagnosis “to prevent speculation and in the hope that it will aid public understanding of all those affected by cancer around the world.”
The discovery of the King’s cancer comes as Catherine, Princess of Wales and wife of heir to the throne William, is recovering at home after spending two weeks in hospital following planned abdominal surgery for an unspecified but non-cancerous condition.
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When did King Charles’ health problems begin?
The UK was first alerted to Charles’ health problems in January when Buckingham Palace announced it had begun “corrective action” on his injuries. Enlarged prostate.
Officials said the condition was benign, although the king canceled his engagements and urged him to rest before the procedure.
Prostate enlargement is common in men over 50 and affects thousands in the UK. This condition affects how you urinate and is not usually a serious health problem. It is not cancer and does not increase your risk of prostate cancer.
At the time, palace officials said the king decided to publish details about his condition in a bid to encourage other men to have their prostate checked in line with public health advice.
As a result of the treatment, the king spent three nights in a London clinic, and was seen in public again for the first time on Sunday waving to well-wishers on his way to a morning church service in Norfolk.
Charles spent the night at his home at Clarence House near Buckingham Palace on Monday after beginning a series of outpatient treatments.
What happens if King Charles is unable to continue his duties?
For now, this is not a problem. However, there are constitutional mechanisms in place which kick in if Charles reaches a point where he is unable to carry out his duties as king.
Two Counselors of State could be appointed to act on behalf of the King through a Letter of Patent, a form of grant from the British Sovereignty.
Counselors of State will be authorized to carry out most of the King’s official duties, including attending Privy Council meetings, signing routine documents and receiving new ambassadors. However, they will not be able to appoint a prime minister or dissolve parliament unless the king asks them to do so.
Under the law, state advisors are chosen from a pool that includes the king’s wife and the four next in line of succession who are over 21 years old.
Currently, the basic order of succession to the throne includes 24 people, adults and children.
Including all the children, at the head of the class is William, Prince of Wales and eldest son of Charles and the late Princess Diana. His three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, follow him in the line of succession. When Louis was born in 2018, the rule of primogeniture was abolished. This means that from 2018 onwards, the birth of a royal child cannot replace a female family member in the line of succession.
Prince Harry, the youngest son of Charles and Diana, has given up his royal duties but retains his place in line to the throne, followed by his two children. After them comes Prince Andrew, the younger brother of Charles and the second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, followed by his children, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Excluding those under 21, the next four in line to the throne are Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice – Andrew’s eldest daughter.
However, the British press reported in January that secret provisions had been put in place to prevent Prince Harry, who has fallen out of favor with his wife, Meghan Markle, or Prince Andrew, who has been caught up in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, from carrying out official duties on behalf of the monarch. If this is true, the next two people who might serve as Counselors of State after Beatrice are her younger sister, Princess Eugenie, and then Charles’ next younger brother, Prince Edward.
Who will have to stand in for Charles at royal engagements?
According to Richard Fitzwilliams, a commentator on the royal family, much of the responsibility for Charles’ duties in dealing with the public will fall on the Prince of Wales and Queen Camilla.
However, the King will continue to carry out his constitutional duties, including state business and official papers.
“The Prince of Wales will undertake his first mission on February 7,” Fitzwilliams told Al Jazeera. On Wednesday, William will attend the Air Ambulance charity dinner in London. The BBC reported that an inauguration ceremony would also take place at Windsor Castle earlier in the day.
William, 41, the Prince of Wales and heir to the throne, has postponed private engagements to help care for the couple’s three children following his wife Catherine’s surgery.
“There are far fewer members of the royal family who are able to carry out engagements, I mean we now have a king with cancer, and we have the Princess of Wales unfortunately unable to carry out her duties for several weeks,” Fitzwilliams said.
“There is no doubt that a lot will fall on the shoulders of both the Prince of Wales and of course Queen Camilla who has continued her duties calmly but conscientiously, but essentially we will have to wait and see what future releases show and we hope that the King will be back and able to carry out his duties very soon,” he added.
Prince Harry, William’s younger brother, is returning to the UK to see his father, after he was spotted at Los Angeles Airport last night.
Did King Charles have other health problems?
Besides treatment for an enlarged prostate, Charles had other minor health problems.
Charles contracted the coronavirus twice, but officials said he only had mild symptoms each time.
He self-isolated at his home in Scotland in March 2020, during the early days of the pandemic in the UK and before vaccines were available.
There has long been speculation about Charles’s swollen fingers, with some suggesting it could be due to fluid buildup, arthritis or other conditions. In 2008, a non-cancerous tumor was removed from the bridge of his nose.
He had a hernia operation at a private hospital in 2003, when he joked to waiting reporters when he was discharged the next day: “Today’s hernia will be gone tomorrow.”
Is cancer common in the royal family?
There was a history of cancer in Charles’ family.
King George VI, father of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who today marks the 72nd anniversary of her death, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Edward VIII, brother of King George, suffered from throat cancer.
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How did leaders and personalities react to the news?
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sent a message wishing the king a “full and speedy recovery.”
“I have no doubt that he will be back to full strength in a short time, and I know the whole country will wish him well,” Sunak said.
President Joe Biden joined Sunak and wished King Charles a speedy recovery.
“Diagnosing, treating and surviving cancer requires absolute hope and courage. Jill and I join the people of the United Kingdom in praying for His Majesty’s speedy and full recovery,” Biden said.
Diagnosing, treating and surviving cancer requires hope and sheer courage.
Jill and I join the people of the United Kingdom in praying for His Majesty to make a speedy and full recovery.
-President Biden (@POTUS) February 5, 2024
Former US President Donald Trump described him as a “wonderful man.”
“King Charles has cancer. He is a wonderful man, I got to know well during my presidency, and we are all praying for his speedy and full recovery! Trump said.
Separately, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also sent his best wishes.
“I, like Canadians across the country and people around the world, are thinking of His Majesty King Charles III as he undergoes treatment for cancer. We send him our best wishes and hope for a speedy and full recovery,” Trudeau said.
“The thoughts of all Australians are with King Charles and his family. We very much wish him a speedy recovery. “I will be sending a message to the palace this morning and we hope that King Charles will make a speedy recovery and return to his duties as soon as possible,” Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese explained.
Meanwhile, Irish President Michael Higgins said he was deeply concerned, and sent his best wishes on behalf of the people of Ireland to King Charles for medical treatment and full recovery, as well as to Queen Camilla and his family.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also sent his condolences.
On behalf of the people of London, I wish His Majesty a speedy and full recovery.
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– Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) February 5, 2024
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