Britain's King Charles III made his first public appearance since his cancer diagnosis was announced, as he was seen leaving London to spend time at his Sandringham country estate. The 75-year-old monarch appeared to be in good health as he embarked on this trip. Buckingham Palace revealed on Monday that King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer, leading him to postpone his public-facing duties while he undergoes treatment. However, he will continue to carry out state business and official paperwork. It has been reported that his weekly audience with the British Prime Minister will still take place.
In the event that the King's illness worsens and he becomes incapacitated, appointed councillors of state, such as Queen Camilla and Prince William, may be called upon to fulfill his constitutional duties. These individuals have the authority to deputize for the King in matters of state if necessary, but currently, there are no plans to invoke this arrangement.
In recent years, the number of working royals has dwindled due to various circumstances. Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, stepped back from their royal duties in 2020, while Prince Andrew faced controversy and was forced to withdraw from his official role amidst allegations involving his connection to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
However, despite any underlying tensions within the royal family, they are now setting aside their differences in light of King Charles' illness. Prince Harry, who flew in from California, arrived in London for the first time since the coronation in May. It is believed that this may be an opportunity for Prince Harry to reunite with his father. However, as of now, there are no plans for a meeting between Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, as they are still estranged. It remains to be seen if the illness of their father may serve as a catalyst for reconciliation.
The public's attention is now keenly focused on King Charles' health and his journey towards recovery. The British people and the international community await updates on his progress and express their support for the monarch during this challenging time. The royal family, despite their personal differences, is expected to rally around their beloved King and support him in his battle against cancer.