Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that King Charles III has been admitted to a London hospital for scheduled surgery, a week after disclosing that the 75-year-old monarch would be treated for an enlarged prostate. The palace issued a statement expressing the king’s gratitude for the well-wishes received and his awareness that the diagnosis positively impacts public health awareness.
Last week, royal officials took the unusual step of disclosing that King Charles III had an enlarged prostate, a benign condition. The recent bulletin about the monarch’s health follows a separate statement regarding the successful abdominal surgery undergone by Catherine, Princess of Wales, 42, who is married to Charles’s elder son, Prince William.
Princess Kate, as she is commonly known, underwent surgery for an unspecified condition and is expected to recuperate for up to two weeks at the private London Clinic, with several months away from public duties. Reports suggest that King Charles III is being treated at the same clinic as Princess Kate and has visited her ahead of his own treatment.
Charles received his diagnosis after experiencing symptoms and undergoing a check-up. The decision to publicly disclose his diagnosis is aimed at encouraging other men experiencing symptoms to seek medical advice. Queen Camilla, Charles’s second wife, described his health as “fine” and noted his eagerness to return to work after canceling engagements due to the scheduled procedure.
This transparency in health disclosures marks a departure from the past, particularly from the more private health matters of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles’s mother, who experienced visibly declining health until her death in 2022. King George VI, Elizabeth’s father, also faced health challenges, including lung cancer, which were not fully disclosed during his reign.
The openness regarding King Charles III’s health has led to increased public awareness, with internet searches for “enlarged prostate” on the National Health Service (NHS) website seeing a significant surge. Prostate Cancer UK reported a more than 100 percent increase in the use of its online risk checker following the announcement about King Charles III’s health.
The developments underscore a new era of transparency in royal health matters, highlighting the importance of raising awareness and encouraging preventative healthcare measures among the public.