LONDON: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said he is thankful that King Charles’ cancer has been “caught early” as he wished him a full recovery.
The 75-year-old is facing regular treatment for cancer after his shock diagnosis was uncovered during his recent hospital stay for a procedure on an enlarged prostate.
King Charles, who has postponed his public duties, returned to London from Sandringham yesterday and has begun medical care as an outpatient under the supervision of his specialist team of doctors.
Mr Sunak said he was left “shocked and sad” when he was told about the monarch’s cancer diagnosis. He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “All our thoughts are with him and his family. “Thankfully, this has been caught early.”
He said that everyone will be hoping that King Charles “gets the treatment that he needs and makes a full recovery”.
“That’s what we’re all hoping and praying for, and I’m of course in regular contact with him and will continue to communicate with him as normal.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed the monarch, who only acceded to the throne 17 months ago, does not have prostate cancer.
Further details of his condition have not been disclosed, and Buckingham Palace, which announced the news in a statement at 6pm yesterday, asked for privacy and only confirmed it is a “form of cancer”.
King Charles was diagnosed after a “separate issue of concern was noted” and investigated while he was being treated for his benign prostate condition.
He has started a schedule of regular treatments but has been advised to postpone his public-facing duties. He will carry on working behind the scenes on state business and official papers.