King Charles has broken his silence regarding his recent cancer diagnosis, giving his “heartfelt thanks” to wellwishers for their support.
But the King’s message, posted on the royal family’s website today, still offers no details about exactly what type of cancer he has been diagnosed with, nor his treatment plan.
Titled “A thank you message from His Majesty The King,” the message reads, in full:
“I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days.
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.”
Charles’ statement comes days after he made his first public comments since his cancer diagnosis was revealed to the public last week.
The monarch, who is recuperating at Sandringham in England’s east after a first bout of treatment, said how “how sorry” he was for not being able to attend a major event.
The King’s public statement was directed to the people of Grenada, a Caribbean nation which, like Australia, retains Charles as the head of state.
This week is its 50th anniversary of independence from the United Kingdom.
“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!,” Charles wrote, a reference to “oil down,” a salted meat and vegetable stew which is a Grenadian staple.
“My thoughts are with everyone across Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique – ‘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.”
The King’s form of cancer has not been disclosed, but British PM Rishi Sunak said it had been “caught early”.