“During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted,” the Feb. 5 statement from Buckingham Palace read. “Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer. His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties.”
The Palace later confirmed to NBC News that it was not a form of prostate cancer.
Prince Harry subsequently flew home to visit with his father—likely for the first time since the King’s coronation last May—in a move royal experts point to as a possible thawing of tensions within the family, including between Harry and Prince William.
“Potentially this could be a moment of healing for father and son and perhaps brother and brother as well,” royal correspondent Sharon Carpenter previously told E! News. “I think when it comes down to it, this is a family that’s certainly had their differences and some deep divides, but they do love each other. I think that comes out in a number of ways.”
She added, “When it comes to the health of their father I think we are going to see these two brothers come together. We’re all holding out hope.”
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