- Written by Madeleine Halpert
- BBC News, New York
US President Joe Biden has said he is concerned about King Charles' cancer diagnosis and hopes to speak to him soon.
He told reporters in Las Vegas on Monday that he “just heard his diagnosis.”
“I'm worried about him,” he said at a union event. “But I will talk to him, God willing.”
Buckingham Palace announced earlier that the king was undergoing treatment for cancer.
The statement added that he “remains absolutely positive about the treatment he has received and looks forward to returning to full public service as soon as possible.”
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Biden's son, Beau, died of brain cancer at the age of 46, and his old friend, Republican Senator John McCain, also died of cancer in 2018.
The king, 75, is beginning treatment as an outpatient and will temporarily stop public activities, but will continue his constitutional role as head of state, including paperwork and private meetings.
Diagnosis of King Charles Cancer
The US State Department said his diagnosis was “extremely sad news.”
“Our thoughts are with the king… and his family,” spokesman Vedant Patil told reporters at a regular news conference.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also sent his well wishes to the king, saying Canadians across the country are thinking of him. “We send him our best wishes and hope for a speedy and full recovery,” he said.
Former President Donald Trump said that the king was “a wonderful man who I got to know well during my presidency.”
“We are all praying for his quick and full recovery,” he wrote on his social media site, Truth Social.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry, who lives in California with his wife, Meghan Markle, will travel to the UK to see his father, the BBC has learned.
The Duke moved to the United States with his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, after they stepped down as senior members of the royal family in 2020.
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