Prince William Keeps Silence About King Charles’ Cancer Diagnosis

Prince William returned to royal duties on Wednesday and thanked the public for their concern for his father, King Charles, and his wife, Kate Middleton.

Buckingham Palace announced on Monday that the King was diagnosed with cancer, while the Princess of Wales is currently recovering after being hospitalized for almost two weeks for stomach surgery.

Prince William delivers a speech at the London Air Ambulance Charity dinner on February 7 in London.Prince William delivers a speech at the London Air Ambulance Charity dinner on February 7 in London.

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On Wednesday evening, the monarch attended a dinner for the London Air Ambulance Charity, where he gave a speech addressing his father and wife’s health concerns.

“Good evening everyone. Thank you for being here,” said William at dinner.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the kind messages of support for Catherine and my father, especially in recent days. This means a lot to all of us.”

“It could be said that the last few weeks have been more ‘medical’ focused. So I thought I’d come to the air ambulance event to get away from all that,” he quipped.

In his speech later, William also thanked the special guest – Tom Cruise – who had attended the event.

“Tom, thank you so much for supporting us tonight,” he said. “And Tom, if you wouldn’t mind borrowing one of the new helicopters for the next ‘Mission Impossible,’ that would be greatly appreciated. We’ve all seen on our screens that – how should I put it – you seem to have a different view of ‘normal wear and tear’ than the rest of us. This is not the preferred type.”

The Prince of Wales poses with Cruise at the London Air Ambulance Charity dinner.The Prince of Wales poses with Cruise at the London Air Ambulance Charity dinner.

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Charles and Kate’s health conditions have dominated headlines since January 16, when their medical concerns were announced.

That day, Kensington Palace said that Kate had undergone “planned” surgery.

“The surgery was successful, and it is expected he will remain in hospital for 10 to 14 days, before returning home to continue his recovery,” the palace told Talk News at the time. Based on current medical advice, he is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter.

Shortly afterward, Buckingham Palace provided a statement to Talk News saying the king had “sought treatment for an enlarged prostate” and would undergo the procedure at a hospital the following week.

Charles underwent surgery on January 26 and was released from hospital three days later.

King Charles III waves as he departs with Queen Camilla after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate at The London Clinic on January 29.King Charles III waves as he departs with Queen Camilla after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate at The London Clinic on January 29.

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On January 29, the public was informed that Kate had “returned home to Windsor to continue her recovery from surgery” and was “making good progress.”

Kensington Palace has not confirmed Kate’s official diagnosis, although it is thought to be unrelated to cancer. Buckingham Palace also has not specified the type of cancer Charles is suffering from, but it has confirmed that it is not prostate cancer.

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