King Charles issues first public statement after shock cancer diagnosis
10.02.2024 - 23:09
The King has thanked the public for “the many messages of support and good wishes” he has received since his cancer diagnosis.
In a statement, King Charles said it was the “greatest comfort” and he is heartened that sharing his diagnosis has “shone a light” on organisations helping patients. The Queen has also said they have been “touched”.
In a personal and candid statement issued by Buckingham Palace, Charles said his illness had led to the growth of his own “lifelong admiration” for organisations like the NHS and charities that help thousands fight the disease.
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The 75-year-old also said he was “heartened” that sharing his plight had helped promote “public understanding” of the illness – referencing the surge in online searches for NHS information about cancer and its symptoms. Royal sources said last night His Majesty is “doing well” and expected to attend church at Sandringham today.
In the full statement statement, King Charles said: “I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days.
“As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.
“It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world.
“My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the King, who only acceded to the throne 17 months
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