King Charles continues royal duties despite missing second cousin's memorial after cancer diagnosis

King Charles continues royal duties despite missing second cousin's memorial after cancer diagnosis

Watch: King Charles reading messages of support from the public

GB News
Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 28/02/2024

- 20:45

Updated: 28/02/2024

- 20:46

The monarch is holding his second in-person audience with the Prime Minister

King Charles continues his royal duties today with a face-to-face meeting at Buckingham Palace after missing a memorial for King Constantine yesterday.

The monarch, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, has held an in-person audience with the Prime Minister.

Last week, cameras were allowed in for his first audience with Rishi Sunak, but this is not the case tonight.

It comes as the King missed a memorial service yesterday for his second-cousin, King Constantine, the last King of Greece.

King Charles

King Charles holds in-person meeting with the Prime Minister


Queen Camilla stepped in to lead the memorial service for the former Greek monarch with European and British royals.

Charles is being treated for an undisclosed form of cancer in London and has not been carrying out public engagements since his diagnosis on February 5.

Before last week, Sunak and the King had been holding their weekly meetings over the phone instead of in-person but now they are meeting face-to-face.

During the meeting last week, the King said he was “reduced to tears” over well-wishes following his cancer diagnosis.

Rishi Sunak and King CharlesKing Charles told Prime Minister Rishi Sunak he was 'reduced to tears' by the public's supportPA

The King said that he received “so many wonderful messages and cards” that “it’s reduced me to tears most of the time.”

Since his cancer diagnosis, Charles has received 7,000 messages of support by the public urging him to “never give up.”

The King was photographed looking through some of the messages of support Buckingham Palace’s correspondence team received from around the world.

One photo showed the monarch holding a card with a picture of a dog telling the King: “At least you don’t have to wear a cone!”

King Charles reading cards from well-wishersKing Charles received cards from well-wishers following his cancer diagnosisPA
Rishi Sunak and King Charles

The King missed a memorial service for his second cousin yesterday


One adult well-wisher told the King: “Chin up, chest out, remain positive and don’t let it get you down. Trust me, it works, the main thing is family.”

A statement from Buckingham Palace at the time of the King’s diagnosis said: “His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties.

“Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.”

This morning the King was pictured waving to crowds as he left Clarence House in his State Bentley.

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