King Charles diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace says

King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer, Buckingham Palace officials said Monday.

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Officials said a form of cancer was found after Charles underwent a hospital procedure last week to treat a benign prostate condition. During that hospital stay “a separate issue of concern was noted.”

Buckingham Palace did not immediately elaborate on the issue or the form of cancer that Charles was diagnosed with, saying the king “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.”

“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties,” officials added. “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.”

The king told both of his sons, Princes William and Harry, about his diagnosis personally before the news was announced, BBC News reported. Prince Harry, who lives in the U.S. with his family, will travel to the U.K. to see his father in the coming days, according to the news network.

Charles ascended the throne in a coronation ceremony last year following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Last week, he was released from the London Clinic after spending three nights hospitalized following a procedure to treat a benign enlarged prostate, according to BBC News and Sky News. The condition, which is more common as men age, causes the urethra to narrow and decreases urine flow, according to the National Institute on Aging and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The king was discharged on the same day that Catherine, the Princess of Wales, was released from the London Clinic following abdominal surgery. Officials did not specify what prompted the surgery, which is expected to keep her out of the public eye until at least Easter.

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