A statement from Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles III, 75, was diagnosed with a form of cancer and has begun treatment. The stage and form of cancer were not disclosed in the release.
Charles, who ascended the throne 16 months ago after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Sept. 2022, was diagnosed with a benign enlarged prostate in late January, according to the Associated Press.
King Charles chose to share his cancer diagnosis to “prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer,” according to the statement.
Throughout his treatment, the king will postpone public-facing duties but will continue with undertaking “State business and official paperwork.”
In the statement released on X, it was also clarified that the king’s recent hospital procedure for a prostate enlargement wasn’t related to the cancer diagnosis.
No further details have been shared about his treatment and prognosis.