According to reports, the Prince and Princess of Wales were keen for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to hear about their grandfather King Charles’ cancer diagnosis from them, rather than from anywhere else
Along with his role as monarch, King Charles has another important job – being a grandfather.
The 75-year-old is a proud grandad to five grandchildren and is especially close to the Prince and Princess of Wales’ children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. And it seems William and Kate wanted their youngsters to know about their grandfather’s cancer diagnosis in a specific way.
Buckingham Palace confirmed on Monday that the King, who only acceded to the throne 17 months ago, does not have prostate cancer, saying only that it was a “form of cancer”. Charles was diagnosed after a “separate issue of concern was noted” and investigated while he was being treated for his benign prostate condition.
The King personally told William and youngest son Prince Harry of his diagnosis and according to The Telegraph, the Prince and Princess of Wales insisted on breaking the news to their children themnselves before they could hear about it from elsewhere.
Today, William returned to royal duties after Kate’s abdominal operation and is now the monarchy’s most prominent public figure following the King’s cancer diagnosis. For some time William, as heir to the throne, will be the leading member of the royal family at official events across the country as his father receives treatment. William began his working day today by hosting an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, awarding honours like CBEs, OBEs and MBEs to recipients. Later he will attend a gala fundraising dinner for London’s Air Ambulance Charity.
The King’s cancer treatment as an outpatient started earlier this week, and he returned, with the Queen, to his Sandringham home in Norfolk on Tuesday after seeing his son the Duke of Sussex, who had flown back to the UK from California. Charles has postponed all public-facing duties but is continuing with behind-the-scenes work on his red boxes of state papers.
William may step in to represent his father at an event, but no engagements are scheduled at the moment and the royal palaces will make arrangements if the need arises. Kate left hospital last Monday and returned to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor to be reunited with her three children after undergoing planned abdominal surgery on January 16 at the London Clinic.
William, 41, took time off work to support his family and planned to return once Kate’s care and recovery had settled, but the 42-year-old future queen is not expected to return to official duties until after Easter.
The prince last carried out a major royal event more than three weeks ago when he travelled to Leeds to make former Leeds Rhinos team-mates Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield each a CBE for raising funds and awareness for motor neurone disease. At the same private hospital that cared for Kate, the King received treatment for an enlarged prostate and was discharged the same day as his daughter-in-law, but on Monday, Buckingham Palace announced Charles had been diagnosed with a “form of cancer”.