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King Charles latest: Monarch speaks with PM on phone after cancer diagnosis

Downing Street confirmed the pair's weekly audience was held via phone call.

Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla leave Clarence House, the day after it was announced King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, in London, Britain, February 6, 2024.REUTERS/Toby Melville
King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer. (Reuters)

Rishi Sunak has had his weekly audience with King Charles over the phone, following the monarch's cancer diagnosis.

Downing Street took the unusual step of confirming details about the prime minister’s audience with the King following an agreement with Buckingham Palace to disclose the information.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “We don’t in general and we are not going to get into the habit of commenting on the PM’s conversations with the King.

“But we have agreed with the Palace in this specific instance to confirm that they will be speaking on the phone later.”

The call came as the Prince of Wales stepped in for the King to perform an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle after temporarily stepping back from his royal role three weeks ago to juggle caring for his wife and their children following Kate’s operation.

William was tasked with handing out more than 50 honours, including to former England football player Ellen White.

The King, 75, who began treatment for the disease on Monday, has postponed all public-facing duties, but is continuing with behind-the-scenes work on his red boxes of state papers.

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    King Charles III and Queen Camilla arriving at Royal Ascot on Day Four in the Royal Procession. (Alamy)

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    Ellen White is made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle. (Alamy)

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    William, who is president of the Football Association, made the record-scoring Lioness an MBE for services to the sport at Windsor Castle on Wednesday.

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    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. (PA).

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  • Where is Prince Harry staying?

    FILE - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex looks on as Britain's King Charles III leaves Westminster Abbey after coronation in central London Saturday, May 6, 2023. Prince Harry has spoken to King Charles III about his cancer diagnosis and “will be traveling to the U.K. to see His Majesty in the coming days,” said the office of Harry and his wife, Meghan. (Ben Stansall/Pool photo via AP, File)
    Prince Harry, pictured as King Charles III leaves Westminster Abbey after the coronation. Prince Harryreunited with his father yesterday. (AP)

    Prince Harry flew into the UK yesterday for a reunion with his father, following the announcement that the monarch had been diagnosed with cancer.

    The meeting appeared to last for just 30 minutes, with Prince Harry arriving at Clarence House around 3.15pm, before King Charles and Queen Camilla were seen departing at 3.45pm.

    There has been no official confirmation from the palace as to where Harry is staying - however, it has been reported that he spent the night at a hotel in London and did not stay at any of the royal residences.

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    Buckingham Palace confirmed the king, who only acceded to the throne 17 months ago, does not have prostate cancer, saying only that he has a “form of cancer”.

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    The Palace has called for the king’s privacy to be respected, especially during his treatment, but said he wanted to make his diagnosis public because of his long-running support for cancer charities.

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    King Charles III has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and has begun treatment, Buckingham Palace said on Monday. (AP)

    The royal family has rallied around the King after it was revealed that he has been diagnosed with an unknown form of cancer.

    Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Monday that the monarch is receiving regular treatments for the condition, which was discovered after the 75-year-old underwent treatment for an enlarged prostate.

    Officials have said that although Charles is stepping back from public-facing events, although he will continue to “undertake state business and official paperwork as usual”.

    Read the full story from The Independent.

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