Prince Albert II sends heartfelt message of support to King Charles III 

Following an official announcement earlier this week that King Charles III of the United Kingdom has been diagnosed with cancer, Monaco’s Prince Albert II has written a public letter of support to the British monarch.  

In the message, Prince Albert writes that he and his family would like to offer their “full support” to the 75-year-old sovereign, adding, “My family and the people of Monaco join me in sending you, the Royal Family and your loved ones our warmest thoughts and prayers.” 

65-year-old Prince Albert also praised his contemporary, writing, “Your determination, courage and openness have always been a source of inspiration. I am convinced that you will show the same bravery throughout this challenge.” 

Prince Albert and King Charles share a passion for environmental advocacy and conservation as well as a long-established and supportive friendship that has spanned at least five decades. 

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Prince Albert was reportedly the first European leader to confirm that he would be attending King Charles’ Coronation in May 2023 and was quoted in the press as describing King Charles as “a very educated man and someone with a great sense of humour”.  

The Buckingham Palace statement 

Buckingham Palace released an official statement on 5th February that confirmed King Charles had recently received a cancer diagnosis. The statement is as follows: 

“During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted. Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.  

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. 

The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible. 

His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.” 

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Photo: Prince Albert II and King Charles III during Prince Haakon of Norway’s marriage in 2001, credit NIVIERE SIPA