Prince William Addresses King Charles' Cancer Diagnosis

The royal had not yet spoken out publicly since illness was announced
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2024 1:00 AM CST
Prince William Addresses His Father's Cancer Diagnosis
Britain's Prince William, the Prince of Wales attends the London Air Ambulance Charity Gala Dinner at the OWO in central London, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024.   (Daniel Leal/Pool Photo via AP)

Prince William spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since his father's cancer diagnosis was announced. It was also William's first day returning to royal duties since his wife, Kate, underwent abdominal surgery for an undisclosed (but noncancerous) condition. "I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you also for the kind messages of support for Catherine and for my father, especially in recent days. It means a great deal to us all," he said during an appearance at London's Air Ambulance Charity Gala Dinner, per the AP. Then, a joke, E! News reports: "It's fair to say the past few weeks have had a rather 'medical' focus, so I thought I'd come to an air ambulance function to get away from it all."

His brother made a quick visit to King Charles, arriving Tuesday and returning to the US Wednesday morning. This is reportedly the first time father and son have met in person since the coronation in May of 2023, People reports. Fox News reports that Harry was not allowed to stay at any of the royal residences, and that he did not meet with William while he was in the UK. His father, however, was said to be "thrilled" to have his younger son at his side. (More Prince William stories.)

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