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Prince William 'still processing' King Charles' shock cancer diagnosis but 'remains determined to put family first'
11 February 2024, 10:28 | Updated: 11 February 2024, 11:32
Prince William is understood to still be processing King Charles' cancer diagnosis but remains determined to keep putting his family first.
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They are expected to visit the King during their stay, after it was announced earlier in the week that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
William is said to still be processing the news and what it could mean for his role in the royal family.
"At times like this, it is a reminder that as well as being the future head of state, he is also a human being," a royal source told The Times.
"He is processing the news of his father having cancer as a human being. Given the seriousness with which he takes his role, of course it is something he will be thinking about."
William is expected to continue prioritising his family, with royal aides saying he will not "deputise" for Charles.
"The Prince has always made clear that his priority is to support his wife and family for the time being – and he did not put a timescale on that," a source said.
The King, who received treatment for an enlarged prostate last month, was forced to extend his hospital stay after a "form of cancer" was discovered during tests.
He began his "schedule of regular treatments" on Tuesday but no details were given on the type of cancer he has been diagnosed with.
Charles broke his silence on Saturday to thank well-wishers for providing him the "greatest comfort" following his diagnosis.
The monarch said it was "equally heartening" to hear how sharing his diagnosis has helped to promote public understanding of cancer.
"I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days," he said.
"As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.
"It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world.
"My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience."