King Charles thanks supporters for ‘messages of support’ in first public address since cancer diagnosis

Feb 11, 2024
King Charles has broken his silence regarding his recent cancer diagnosis, thanking supporters for their "support and good wishes". Source: AP PHOTO.

In his first public address since revealing his battle with cancer, King Charles has expressed gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of support and well-wishes he has received from the public.

The Monarch went on to convey how “equally heartening” it was to hear how sharing his diagnosis with the public has helped to promote a greater understanding of cancer.

“I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days,” he said.

“As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.

“It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world. My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.”


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Just 17 months into his reign, King Charles received the startling diagnosis.

The news of the Monarch’s health sent shockwaves globally when, following his three night stay in hospital for a procedure on a benign enlarged prostate, a separate issue was identified. The Palace later confirmed, through a statement, that subsequent tests revealed the presence of cancer, emphasising it’s unrelated to the previous prostate problem.

“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 statement read.

“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.”

While King Charles is said to be “doing extremely well under the circumstances” he has postponed all public-facing duties, but is continuing with work behind-the-scenes.

While King Charles continues treatment, the responsibility of representing the Monarchy is likely to rest on the shoulders of the remaining members of the royal family, with Prince William and Queen Camilla expected to play prominent roles.

-with PA.

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