Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed best wishes to King Charles III for a full and speedy recovery following his recent health diagnosis.
A statement from Buckingham Palace Monday morning said that during the King’s recent hospital procedure for an enlarged prostate, diagnostic tests had identified a form of cancer, and his medical team have started a schedule of regular treatments.
“On behalf of the people of Jamaica, we extend our unwavering support and heartfelt wishes for your swift recovery. Your courage in facing this challenge and transparency in sharing your diagnosis not only fortify our respect for you, but also inspire those in similar battles,” Sir Patrick said.
“May your treatment allow you to return to full health speedily. Our thoughts and prayers are with you every step of this journey,” added Jamaica’s head of state, who represents the King in Jamaica.
The palace on Monday said the King’s cancer is not related to his recent treatment for a benign prostate condition. It did not say what form of cancer the 75-year-old monarch has.
The palace said “a separate issue of concern was noted” during Charles’ treatment for an enlarged prostate last month.
“His Majesty has today (Monday) commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties,” the palace said. “Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.”
It said Charles “remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible.”
The palace added that the king “has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”
Charles became king in September 2022 when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96.
News of the king’s diagnosis comes as his daughter-in-law Kate, Princess of Wales, recovers from abdominal surgery that saw her hospitalised for about two weeks.
UK political leaders sent messages of support. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted: “Wishing His Majesty a full and speedy recovery. I have no doubt he’ll be back to full strength in no time and I know the whole country will be wishing him well.”