Queen Camilla is the King’s ‘strength and stay like Prince Philip was for Queen Elizabeth II’ and ‘will buoy and rally him’ amid cancer diagnosis, says palace insider

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Queen Camilla is the King’s ‘strength and stay’ like Prince Philip was for the late Queen Elizabeth II, a palace insider has said amid the monarch’s cancer diagnosis. 

The source told PEOPLE that the 76-year-old will ‘buoy’ Charles, 75, throughout his cancer treatment.

‘She is his strength and stay like [Prince Philip] was for the late Queen. She will be great. She will rally him, she will buoy him. She is amazing. She equips him to do the job he has to do,’ said the insider.

Charles, who only acceded to the throne 17 months ago, was being treated for a benign enlarged prostate when medics found a ‘form of cancer’ last week.

During her first public engagement since his diagnosis was announced, Camilla said the King, who underwent his first bout of treatment earlier this week, was ‘doing extremely well under the circumstances’. 

Queen Camilla is the King's 'strength and stay' like Prince Philip was for the late Queen Elizabeth II, a palace insider has said

Queen Camilla is the King’s ‘strength and stay’ like Prince Philip was for the late Queen Elizabeth II, a palace insider has said 

It comes after King Charles broke his silence over his cancer diagnosis yesterday and offered his ‘heartfelt thanks’ to the British public for their ‘many messages of support and good wishes’.

The monarch has not spoken publicly since it emerged a week ago he has a ‘form of cancer’, found by doctors while he was being treated for his benign enlarged prostate.

In a letter published by Sandringham House, where he has been staying since leaving the London Clinic on January 29, he said he was ‘heartened’ to hear his experience is inspiring others up and down the country to get themselves checked. 

The letter, signed by Charles R, reads: ‘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.’

Buckingham Palace confirmed the King does not have prostate cancer, saying only that he has a ‘form of cancer’.

Charles, who only acceded to the throne 17 months ago, was being treated for a benign enlarged prostate when medics found a 'form of cancer' last week. Pictured, Camilla attending her first public engagement since the King's announcement

Charles, who only acceded to the throne 17 months ago, was being treated for a benign enlarged prostate when medics found a ‘form of cancer’ last week. Pictured, Camilla attending her first public engagement since the King’s announcement  

King Charles III departs with Queen Camilla after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate at The London Clinic on January 29, 2024 in London

King Charles III departs with Queen Camilla after receiving treatment for an enlarged prostate at The London Clinic on January 29, 2024 in London 

He was diagnosed after a ‘separate issue of concern was noted’ and was investigated while he was being treated for his benign enlarged prostate.

It is thought that the King will also hold face-to-face meetings in London next week despite his ongoing cancer treatment. 

He will spend a day or so in the capital, as his trip is likely to overlap with his medical appointments. 

But the King is well enough to hold a limited number of face-to-face meetings, sources say. 

Charles has postponed all public-facing duties, but is continuing with behind-the-scenes work on his red boxes of state papers. 

The letter comes after he was visited by his estranged son, Prince Harry, 39, following the shock announcement on Tuesday.

The Duke, 39, flew to London on a ten-hour commercial British Airways flight from Los Angeles to Heathrow on Tuesday and arrived at the royal residence at 2.42pm.

He then spent around 45 minutes chatting with his father, which is thought to be their first proper contact in 15 months. 

It was their first formal meeting in person since the late Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in September 2022. 

The father and son had a ‘brief meeting’ before the King and Camilla were driven to Buckingham Palace where a helicopter was waiting to take them back to Sandringham.

For his journey back to the States, Harry was spotted in Heathrow’s exclusive Windsor Suite as he prepared to fly back that afternoon.

It is believed that the royal did not see his estranged brother and heir to the throne Prince William, or sister-in-law Kate.



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