On Monday, Buckingham Palace made it public that King Charles III. is suffering from cancer. His son Prince Harry is now due to fly to England.
With King Charles III. was diagnosed with a form of cancer. This was discovered during recent hospital treatment for benign prostate enlargement, the royal family's official statement said. But it is not prostate cancer. It is not yet known what type of cancer the 75-year-old has instead. Prince Harry apparently takes the disturbing news as an opportunity to travel from the USA to his father immediately.
According to the British tabloid “The Sun”, Charles personally informed his younger son, Prince Harry, about his cancer diagnosis, according to those close to the 39-year-old. This was also confirmed by the German Press Agency. Harry will be heading home in the coming days to support his father, the paper continued.
As of this writing, Charles has already begun treatment, the palace announced on Monday. “He has been advised by doctors not to undertake any public duties during this time,” Buckingham Palace said. “However, His Majesty will continue to conduct state affairs and official office work as usual.”
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Charles and Harry's relationship is considered broken
The relationship between Charles and his son has been strained for several years. After Harry and Meghan turned their backs on the British royal family in January 2020, their relationship with the rest of the royal family increasingly crumbled. The couple, who live in the USA, made violent accusations in, among other things, a tell-all interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey and in a Netflix documentary “Harry & Meghan”. Harry also sharply criticized the royals in his memoirs entitled “Reserve”.
In the meantime, there were always hopes of a reconciliation between Harry and his father. As several British media reported, he is said to have congratulated Charles on his 75th birthday last year and sent him videos of his two children, Archie and Lilibet. It remains to be seen whether the monarch's diagnosis will bring the family closer together.