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Amazon removes from sale books ‘written by AI about King’s cancer’

Several books were listed for sale which were reported to share exclusive revelations about the King’s health, it has been said.

The King and Queen leave Clarence House in London following the announcement of Charles’s cancer diagnosis
The King and Queen leave Clarence House in London following the announcement of his cancer diagnosis. The King and Queen leave Clarence House in London following the announcement of Charles’s cancer diagnosis (James Manning/PA)

Amazon has removed several books from sale after concerns were raised that they contained false information about the King’s cancer diagnosis.

Several books were listed for sale which were reported to share exclusive revelations about the King’s health, and were said to be written by artificial intelligence, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Amazon said it has removed titles that “violated our content guidelines”.

The King and Queen arrive to attend a Sunday church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
The King and Queen arrive to attend a Sunday church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. The King and Queen arrive to attend a Sunday church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk (PA/PA)

Buckingham Palace said any titles speculating about Charles’s diagnosis and treatment are “intrusive, insensitive and filled with inaccuracies” and their legal team will be “looking at the issue closely”.

It comes after Buckingham Palace said the King, who acceded to the throne 17 months ago, has a “form of cancer”.

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

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

The 75-year-old left Clarence House on Tuesday, the day after starting his treatment, following a brief reunion with the Duke of Sussex, and attended church in Sandringham, Norfolk, on Sunday morning.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Any such titles speculating about His Majesty’s diagnosis and treatment are intrusive, insensitive and filled with inaccuracies.

“Our legal team will be looking at the issue closely. We call on any individuals or organisations facilitating their sale to withdraw them immediately.”

An Amazon spokesperson said: “Amazon is constantly evaluating emerging technologies and is committed to providing the best possible shopping, reading and publishing experience for authors and customers.

“We have content guidelines governing which books can be listed for sale and promptly investigate any book when a concern is raised.

“We invest significant time and resources to ensure our guidelines are followed, and remove books that do not adhere to these guidelines.

“While we allow AI-generated content, we don’t allow AI-generated content that violates our content guidelines, including content that creates a disappointing customer experience.

“We have removed the titles we found that violated our content guidelines.”