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King Charles latest: Monarch and William make first comments since cancer diagnosis

William thanked the public for their 'kind messages' as he returned to royal duties.

The Prince of Wales, Patron of London's Air Ambulance Charity, delivers a speech including comments about Charles during London's Air Ambulance charity gala dinner at Raffles London at The OWO, in Horseguards Avenue, London. Picture date: Wednesday February 7, 2024.
The Prince of Wales was the first senior member of the Royal Family to publicly speak since King Charles's cancer diagnosis. (PA/Alamy)

King Charles and Prince William have made their first public comments since the monarch's cancer diagnosis was announced.

Attending a charity fundraiser for London's Air Ambulance on Wednesday, William opened his address with thanks for the public support following the shock announcement.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you, also, for the kind messages of support for Catherine and for my father, especially in recent days. It means a great deal to us all," he said, adding: "It's fair to say the past few weeks have had a rather 'medical' focus. So I thought I'd come to an air ambulance function to get away from it all!"

Charles issued his own comments in a statement in which he apologised to the people of Grenada for not being able to visit to mark the island's 50th anniversary of independence and enjoy their national dish.

“I can only say how sorry I am that I cannot be with you in person to mark this momentous milestone, and to enjoy a little Oil Down with you all!" he said.

"My thoughts are with everyone across Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, and all those in the Grenadian diaspora – ’one people, one family’ – as you celebrate everything you have achieved and all that your future holds. My family join me in sending our heartfelt congratulations to you all."

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    Actor Stephen Fry praised the king for sharing his diagnosis. (Reuters)

    Stephen Fry has praised the King for revealing his cancer diagnosis to the public, but said he is “anxious” for him, PA reported.

    The 66-year-old actor and comedian, who had prostate cancer in 2018, said Charles’s “very swift modernising” of the monarchy now includes “an openness about something as personal and indelicate as a cancer”.

    The King has postponed all public-facing duties, but is continuing with behind-the-scenes work on his red boxes of state papers.

    “I am anxious, of course – anxious for his wellbeing, and anxious that, having sort of been in the wings all this time and to have such a short time on centre stage, if he were to be seriously ill, would be really, really sad, because he has a lot to do and a lot he wants to do," Fry said.

    “I think what he wants to do is good, is beneficial for the country and for the people he’s there to help.”

    The former QI host stressed the importance of people talking about the disease.

    “Cancer is sort of mushroom-like – in the dark it grows.

    “It’s more dangerous when not exposed to the light.

    “It’s a bit like the Voldemort principle in the Harry Potter books – if you’re afraid to say the name then the name has more power over you.”

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    FILE - Britain's Prince William and Britain's Prince Harry walk beside each other after viewing the floral tributes for the late Queen Elizabeth II outside Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England on Sept. 10, 2022. Prince Harry flew more than 5,000 miles to see his father after King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer. But he did not see his estranged brother, William, during a visit that lasted scarcely 24 hours. William, meanwhile, returned to public duties for the first time since his wife, Kate, was admitted to a London hospital Jan. 16 for abdominal surgery. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
    Prince William and Prince Harry pictured outside Windsor Castle, in 2022. Prince Harry flew to the UK to see his father after King Charles III was diagnosed with cancer. But he did not see William. (AP)

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    Harry and King Charles had a brief meeting at Clarence House before. The King, 75, was said to have been left “kicking his heels” waiting for Harry to arrive as he delayed his trip to Sandringham for “peace and quiet”, according to the MailOnline.

    Read the full story from the Evening Standard.

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    The Poundbury Cancer Institute in Queen Mother Square was opened by the then Prince Charles in 2015 to improve outcomes for cancer patients by supporting the delivery of the most effective treatment for each individual patient through personalised medicine.

    Read the full story from the Dorset Echo.