UK

King continues duties with weekly Prime Minister audience

Charles resumed the face-to-face meetings last week for the first time since his cancer diagnosis.

The King carried out duties behind the scenes on Wednesday
The King The King carried out duties behind the scenes on Wednesday (Lucy North/PA)

The King held an in-person audience with the Prime Minister on Wednesday, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Charles, who is being treated for an undisclosed form of cancer, resumed his weekly face-to-face meeting with Rishi Sunak last week – his first since his diagnosis.

The monarch left Windsor Castle and returned to Clarence House on Tuesday, missing the service of thanksgiving for King Constantine of Greece.

The King and Rishi Sunak during their audience last week
King Charles III audience with Prime Minister The King and Rishi Sunak during their audience last week (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The King and Mr Sunak met at nearby Buckingham Palace.

Although the King is continuing with duties behind the scenes, he has postponed all public-facing engagements while he undergoes treatment.

He told Mr Sunak last week how “wonderful” get well messages from the public had “reduced me to tears most of the time”.

The Queen, representing the King, led the royal family in St George’s Chapel in remembrance of the late Greek monarch Constantine.

The Queen being greeted at the memorial service for King Constantine on Tuesday
King Constantine of the Hellenes thanksgiving service The Queen being greeted at the memorial service for King Constantine on Tuesday (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The Prince of Wales, who was meant to be giving a reading at the service for his godfather, pulled out at the last minute because of an undisclosed personal matter.

The royal family was left in shock this week at news of the death of Thomas Kingston, the 45-year-old husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Kingston.

The King and Queen sent their “most heartfelt thoughts and prayers” to Lady Gabriella, who is known as Ella, and Mr Kingston’s parents and siblings.

Lady Gabriella is Charles’s second cousin. They are both great-grandchildren of King George V.