Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer. As King Charles focuses on his treatment for cancer, the royal family is reshuffling responsibilities to ensure the smooth continuation of its duties. Prince William will take on additional responsibilities alongside his engagements.

Prince William is the senior royal in line for succession. Three weeks ago, he temporarily scaled back his royal duties to care for his wife, the Princess of Wales, and their children following Catherine’s abdominal surgery. Now, he is expected to take on more official duties to support his father during treatment.

Arrangements for certain activities, such as Privy Council meetings and the king’s weekly audience with the prime minister, may be adjusted based on medical advice to minimise in-person contact. King Charles has postponed public engagements for the time being.

During an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak conveyed his shock and sadness upon learning about the king’s diagnosis. He expressed his thoughts and well wishes to the royal family, emphasising the importance of King Charles receiving the necessary treatment. “Our prayers and support are with the king and his family during this challenging time,” Sunak remarked.

It was revealed that the specific type of cancer has not been disclosed, but it has been confirmed not to be prostate cancer. The diagnosis came to light during treatment for a benign enlarged prostate at the London Clinic. The king returned to London from Sandringham to commence outpatient treatment and remains optimistic about his prognosis.

The king personally informed his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, and his siblings of his diagnosis. Prince Harry, who is currently abroad, is set to visit the UK soon to be with his father.

The king was last seen publicly attending a church service at Sandringham with the queen.