Following King Charles III's unexpected cancer diagnosis, Prince of Wales William, the heir to the throne, is expected to return to royal duties this Wednesdayhis first public service since his wife underwent abdominal surgery last month.
This Wednesday will host an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, before attending the London Air Ambulance annual fundraising gala in London.
Prince William's return to work comes at a difficult time for the heir to the throne of 41 years.
Not only will carry out engagements without Kate, who is not expected to return to public duties until after Easter, at his side. But also will be tasked with covering some of the King's public duties In the next weeks.
The monarch suffers from “a form of cancer” and must stay away from public duties during his treatment, according to Buckingham Palace
His brother, Prince Harry, returns to the United Kingdom, after being seen at Los Angeles airport last night. But the brothers' relationship is strained and it is not known if they will meet.
The Princess of Wales underwent surgery on January 16 at The London Clinic private hospital in the British capital, which she left a week ago to finish her recovery at home, where she is “making good progress,” according to official palace sources. . It was never reported why she had surgery.
A few hours later, the King of England, Charles III, left the same London medical center where he had been admitted since Friday, January 26, for an operation due to an enlarged prostate.
For the moment, the monarch had rescheduled his public engagements to be able to recover from the surgery, as Buckingham Palace announced in a statement. But then it was reported that he had been detected “a form of cancer”changing the entire scenario.
The news about the monarch's health eclipsed all topics on the national agenda in the United Kingdom.
William, Kate and their three children. Photo: AP
While the King recovers, Queen Camilla will continue to attend public engagements, Buckingham Palace said.
If it were the case that the King was unable to perform his official duties for a temporary period, two or more members of the Royal Family would be appointed State Councilorsor to act in his place.
They could include the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Edinburgh, brothers of the king.
What does this mean for William and his brother Harry?
The news was a bucket of cold water for the royals, in a particularly gloomy winter for the Royal Family. Prince William, Prince Harry and his royal relatives now They will face private anxieties and public pressures.
It all started three weeks ago, out of the blue, on a freezing January afternoon, with a message that Kate, Princess of Wales, had undergone an operation serious enough to require months of recovery. That was it. There was no more information
William and Harry, estranged.
The television cameras had barely arrived at his London hospital when it was also announced that the king was going to undergo surgery for an enlarged prostate.
It was a completely unexpected double whammy. for royal health which was later compounded by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, revealing she had skin cancer.
Now we learn that the King has a form of cancer. All the questions that families around the world ask when receiving such worrying news: Where? How far? What type? What's next?: They remain unanswered.
Nowadays, palaces may post royal information on social media, rather than something more ceremonial. But however it comes, It has been a torrent of bad news for the royals. After all, the Royal Family is still a family.
And it seems a much more fragile group of people than at last year's summer Coronation celebrations.
But these types of emergencies can bring people together says Sean Coughlan, BBC royal correspondent.
Without any type of misunderstanding or complication, Prince Harry will visit his father.
Prince Harry will visit his father. Photo: Toby Melville / AFP
Shall be deemed who is building bridgesbut that was already in the works: the prince called his father to celebrate his 75th birthday in the fall. The tension always seemed to be more with his brother and the tabloid press than with his father.
Prince William is now expected to play a larger role in terms of public appearances and covering official duties. He is the heir, the next in line, and expected to take a step forwardin the same way that not long ago, King Charles stepped forward to help his own mother. Attention will focus on him when he appears publicly later this week.
He will be worried about his wife's health problems. But the palaces will also miss Kate, as one of his most trusted figures in difficult times, and now out of action for months.
With information from the BBC