Prince Harry, currently residing in the United States with his wife, Meghan Markle, is set to return to Britain amid news of his father, King Charles III’s, cancer diagnosis. The Press Association news agency reported on Monday that Harry has been in communication with Charles and is expected to visit him in the coming days.
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King Charles III’s Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles III, who ascended to the throne following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, has been diagnosed with cancer. While undergoing a hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was identified. Subsequent diagnostic tests revealed a form of cancer. The palace did not provide details on the type or stage of cancer but stated that the treatment has commenced.
King’s Positive Outlook and Adjustments to Duties
Despite the diagnosis, the palace emphasized that King Charles III remains optimistic and looks forward to resuming full public duties as soon as possible. Medical advice has led to the postponement of public-facing duties, while state business and official paperwork will continue as usual.
Royal Succession and Lineup
In terms of the line of succession, Prince William, the Prince of Wales, and his wife, Kate, the Princess of Wales, lead the way. Their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis of Wales, follow. Prince Harry, who has stepped back from royal duties, retains his place in the succession, with his children Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor next in line.
The list continues with Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, along with their respective children. Finally, Prince Edward, the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest child, and his son, James Mountbatten-Windsor, complete the succession order.
Royal Family Continues Public Engagements
Amid the health challenges faced by King Charles III, Queen Camilla and other working members of the British Royal Family are actively undertaking public duties. CNN reported that Queen Camilla’s engagements are expected to continue in the coming weeks.
Prince Harry’s Return to the UK
In light of his father’s diagnosis, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who, along with Meghan Markle, stepped back from royal duties in 2020, will be flying from California to the United Kingdom. The Duke expressed his support for his father and is expected to visit in the coming days, as confirmed by a statement from the office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.