Prince Harry Arrives to Visit King Charles

Meanwhile, Britain's PM says king's cancer was 'caught early'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2024 12:00 AM CST
Prince Harry Arrives to Visit King Charles
King Charles III waves as he and Queen Camilla leave Clarence House by car in London on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. Buckingham Palace announced Monday evening that the king has begun outpatient treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Prince Harry arrived in London on Tuesday after an overnight flight from California, and was seen arriving at his father's Clarence House residence in the afternoon. About an hour later, King Charles and Queen Camilla left for the royal rural residence of Sandringham, waving to well-wishers outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, to which they traveled first before boarding a helicopter. It was the king's first public appearance since his cancer diagnosis was announced. It's not clear whether Harry accompanied them to Sandringham, the BBC reports, adding that there are no plans for Harry to visit his brother, Prince William, on this trip.

Also Tuesday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told BBC radio of the king's diagnosis, "Thankfully, this has been caught early. We'll crack on with everything." Charles is suspending public engagements as he undergoes treatment, but his state business, including weekly meetings with the PM, will continue, and he'll retain his constitutional role as head of state, the AP reports. "Many families around the country listening to this will have been touched by the same thing and they know what it means to everyone," Sunak continued. "So we'll just be willing him on and hopefully we get through this as quickly as possible." (Charles is breaking with centuries of royal tradition with his cancer disclosure.)

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