Buckingham Palace Announces King Charles Is Receiving Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

King Charles III is about to undergo a procedure that will treat his enlarged prostate.

Buckingham Palace announced in a statement today that the monarch is set to head to the hospital next week for the treatment. While the condition is nothing to worry about, King Charles’s slate of public engagements will be briefly postponed as he recovers.

“In common with thousands of men each year, the king has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate,” the palace said. “His Majesty’s condition is benign, and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure. The king’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation.”

Though the details may seem uncharacteristically explicit for the monarch, Harper’s Bazaar understands that King Charles hoped sharing his diagnosis would encourage others with similar symptoms to get checked themselves.

According to the NHS, a benign prostate enlargement is not cancerous and does not indicate a higher chance of developing prostate cancer. Instead, the condition places pressure on the bladder and urethra, causing difficulties with urination or frequent urination. Depending on how severe one’s symptoms are, treatment may include lifestyle and diet changes, medication, or surgery.

The king’s diagnosis comes shortly after Kensington Palace announced that Catherine, Princess of Wales, has been hospitalized after a “planned abdominal surgery.”

The Waleses were not as forthcoming with the details of Kate’s condition as King Charles has been with his, instead stating that the princess “appreciates the interest this statement will generate. She hopes that the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible; and her wish that her personal medical information remains private.”

Kate is expected to remain hospitalized for up to two weeks, and will subsequently not return to royal duties until the end of March.

As an associate editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com, Chelsey keeps a finger on the pulse on all things celeb news. She also writes on social movements, connecting with activists leading the fight on workers’ rights, climate justice, and more. Offline, she’s probably spending too much time on TikTok, rewatching Emma (the 2020 version, of course), or buying yet another corset.