King Charles will be hospitalized next week for a planned procedure for an enlarged prostate. In a rare move, Buckingham Palace announced that the monarch has sought treatment for the condition and will have the corrective procedure next week, forcing him to cancel all public engagements. The King’s condition is benign, the palace added.
The statement was issued just minutes after Kensington Palace announced that Kate Middleton has undergone abdominal surgery and will spend 10 to 14 days in the hospital.
A palace source described it as a “busy time” but downplayed any fears about Charles’s health, insisting that he wanted details of his condition made public “to encourage other men who may be experiencing symptoms to get checked in line with public health advice.”
A palace spokesman said, “In common with thousands of men each year, The King has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate. His Majesty’s condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure. The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation.”
While it is highly unusual for the palace to comment on private health matters, the 75-year-old monarch, who is said to be in good health and spirits, wanted to use his own experience to raise awareness.
“His Majesty was keen to share the details of his diagnosis to encourage other men who may be experiencing symptoms to get checked in line with public health advice,” said a palace source.
Charles has spent the first weeks of the year in Scotland and was due to attend a series of meetings and events planned at Dumfries House Thursday and Friday. “These are now being postponed on Doctor’s advice. Guests, including foreign dignitaries and members of the Cabinet, were due to travel and so we needed to make people aware of the situation,” a palace aide said.
The corrective surgery is expected to be a success, however, because the king is expected to need some time to recuperate, there is now a question mark concerning planned travel.
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