King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace yesterday. The palace has not specified the type or the stage of cancer but noted the 75-year-old king had begun regular treatments. The cancer was detected during his recent treatment for a benign enlarged prostate; however, the palace confirmed it was not prostate cancer.
The king will postpone public engagements during his treatment but plans to continue his constitutional role as head of state, including signing laws and other government business. If the king could not carry out official duties, counsellors of state could be appointed to stand in for the monarch, including Queen Camilla, Prince William, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward (although Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are technically counsellors of state, both have stepped back from their royal duties, so they would not qualify).
It was announced William—who had also temporarily postponed public engagements while he helped his wife Catherine, the Princess of Wales, recover from abdominal surgery—would return to public duties this week.