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Cancer-stricken King Charles only saw his son Prince Harry for 30 minutes ‘to keep his stress levels down’, royal expert claims

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Cancer-stricken King Charles only saw Prince Harry for half an hour to keep his stress levels down, a royal expert said today.

The King, 75, appeared in high spirits this morning while attending a service at St Mary Magdalene Church just hours after breaking his silence about his shock cancer diagnosis.

Last night the King offered his ‘heartfelt thanks’ to the British public for their ‘many messages of support and good wishes’ almost a week after it emerged he was being treated for a ‘form of cancer’. 

Now, a leading Royal expert has suggested that a longer  meeting was avoided to stop the monarch having unneeded stress.

Writer and broadcaster Robert Jobson said what the King needed most was a bit of peace and quiet.

King Charles seemed in high spirits this morning as he attended a church service on the Sandringham estate almost a week after his shock cancer diagnosis 

Cancer-stricken King Charles only saw Prince Harry for half an hour to keep his stress levels down, a royal expert said today

Cancer-stricken King Charles only saw Prince Harry for half an hour to keep his stress levels down, a royal expert said today

Writer and broadcaster Robert Jobson (pictured) said what the King needed most was a bit of peace and quiet

Writer and broadcaster Robert Jobson (pictured) said what the King needed most was a bit of peace and quiet

The King and Queen Camilla were pictured at the Sandringham Estate Chapel this morning before being greeted by rev Canon Paul Williams

The King and Queen Camilla were pictured at the Sandringham Estate Chapel this morning before being greeted by rev Canon Paul Williams

The King has been spending time at Sandringham since his public announcement that he had been diagnosed with cancer

The King has been spending time at Sandringham since his public announcement that he had been diagnosed with cancer

Following the service, the King and Queen once again waved to the crowds of people gathered on the estate

Following the service, the King and Queen once again waved to the crowds of people gathered on the estate

The King appeared on good form as he greeted rev Canon Paul Williams before the Sunday service

The King appeared on good form as he greeted rev Canon Paul Williams before the Sunday service

He told The Sun: ‘You don’t want his blood pressure going up. The king’s not very well, whatever type of cancer it is, he’s undergoing treatment.

‘The best thing for him is calm. After the initial kiss and hug, love you dad, hope you get better soon, what issues are going to get raised? Things that will get your blood pressure rising.’ 

Today, the monarch smiled and waved at a crowd of more than 100 well-wishers as he visited the Sandringham Estate Chapel alongside his wife Queen Camilla, 76, before being greeted by rev Canon Paul Williams.

Wearing his signature long brown coat and using an umbrella as a walking stick, the King strolled at his usual brisk pace for the 11am service at the Norfolk estate.

Crowds, who gathered to show the couple support following Charles’ diagnosis watched on from behind locked gates, said he ‘seemed like he was doing really well’.

In a letter published by Sandringham House, where he has been staying since leaving the London Clinic on January 29, the King said he was ‘heartened’ to hear his experience is inspiring others up and down the country to get themselves checked. 

The note, signed by Charles R, read: ‘I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days.

‘As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.

‘It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world.

‘My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience.’

The King was seen in public for the first time since his cancer diagnosis on Tuesday as he left Clarence House the day after starting his treatment, following a brief reunion with the Duke of Sussex. 

Buckingham Palace confirmed the King, who only acceded to the throne 17 months ago, does not have prostate cancer, saying only that he 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. 

A crowd of more than 100 well-wishers gathered on the Sandringham estate to offer their support to the King and Queen

A crowd of more than 100 well-wishers gathered on the Sandringham estate to offer their support to the King and Queen

The Queen was seen wearing a monochrome outfit while the King wore his signature brown coat

The Queen was seen wearing a monochrome outfit while the King wore his signature brown coat

King Charles and offered 'heartfelt thanks' to the British public on Saturday evening in a letter from Sandringham House

King Charles and offered ‘heartfelt thanks’ to the British public on Saturday evening in a letter from Sandringham House

The King appeared to smile as he walked across to St Mary Magdalene Church on Sunday morning

The King appeared to smile as he walked across to St Mary Magdalene Church on Sunday morning 

The King and Queen seen departing from the church grounds on Sunday

The King and Queen seen departing from the church grounds on Sunday 

The King will continue resting at the Norfolk estate where he has been based since leaving hospital following his prostate treatment. 

Those who gathered at the estate this morning said that the King appeared on good form considering the circumstances.

Andy Frost, 48, of Cromer, Norfolk, who was in the crowd, said: ‘The King really didn’t look too bad when you think of what he has been going through.

‘We normally come here about two or three times a year to visit Sandringham House, but today we thought we would come and see how the King is. He was walking very well, and actually looked better than I thought he would. It was lovely to see him.’

Mr Frost’s wife Eileen added: ‘He looked quite well. He waved at everyone and seemed like he was doing really well.’

Laura Barron of Sunbury, Surrey, who was with her son Hugo, eight, and eight-month-old daughter Beth said: ‘We are on holiday in the area, so we thought we would come to see the King.

‘He was walking along normally, and he really looked better than I thought he would. We didn’t get very close, but he certainly looks smart and able to walk confidently.’

The King and Queen chatted to the Sandringham rector as they headed out of the church after the service.

The couple appeared deep in conversation with rev Williams before the clergymen shook them both by the hand and appeared to wish them well.

Charles gave another wave to the crowd as he and the Queen walked down the path back to a gate which leads into the grounds of Sandringham House.

The 75-year-old King will continue resting at the Norfolk estate where he has been based since leaving hospital after his prostate surgery (stock photo)

The 75-year-old King will continue resting at the Norfolk estate where he has been based since leaving hospital after his prostate surgery (stock photo)

The King, who wore a long brown coat, was accompanied by his wife Queen Camilla who wore a monochrome outfit

The King, who wore a long brown coat, was accompanied by his wife Queen Camilla who wore a monochrome outfit 

Andy and Eileen Frost of Cromer, Norfolk, who were amongst the well-wishers at Sandringham said the King 'seemed like he was doing really well'

Andy and Eileen Frost of Cromer, Norfolk, who were amongst the well-wishers at Sandringham said the King ‘seemed like he was doing really well’

More than a hundred people gathered on the Norfolk estate today to try and catch a glimpse of the King and Queen

More than a hundred people gathered on the Norfolk estate today to try and catch a glimpse of the King and Queen 

Last night, friends revealed that ‘workaholic’ Charles will most likely be spending his time indulging in two of his favourite hobbies – walking and water painting – while trying to take it easy. 

All public engagements have been cancelled but those close to the monarch joked that he will continue to work through his ‘red boxes’ of paperwork ‘before he’s had his boiled egg in the morning.’ 

A friend told the Mail: ‘Boredom will be one of the hardest things for him.’ 

Another said the King will likely to spend some his time listening to his beloved records of the late Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, specifically the poetic song Take This Waltz, which he has described as ‘very moving’. 

It is understood the King will return to London for a couple of days at the start of this week for a medical appointment and it has been reported that he is well enough to hold face-to-face meetings in the capital. 

Charles might be staying at Wood Farm – a five-bedroom property on the Sandringham estate – where there would be fewer people around to make ‘a fuss’.

Cancer charities have seen a surge in interest following the King’s diagnosis, with Macmillan Cancer Support adding it had seen a 42 per cent spike in visits for information since his diagnosis.

The charity’s chief executive said: ‘We hope that by sharing his diagnosis so publicly and at such an early stage, the King will encourage others to come forward and speak to their GP if they are worried about any signs or symptoms.’

The King's helicopter is seen landing at Buckingham Palace, London, following the announcement of King Charles III's cancer diagnosis

The King’s helicopter is seen landing at Buckingham Palace, London, following the announcement of King Charles III’s cancer diagnosis

King Charles broke his silence last night over his cancer diagnosis and offered his 'heartfelt thanks' to the British public. Pictured: The King and Queen leaving the London Clinic following his enlarged prostate surgery

King Charles broke his silence last night over his cancer diagnosis and offered his ‘heartfelt thanks’ to the British public. Pictured: The King and Queen leaving the London Clinic following his enlarged prostate surgery 

The royal has been based in Sandringham since leaving the London Clinic, in the capital, where he stayed for three nights and left on January 29

The royal has been based in Sandringham since leaving the London Clinic, in the capital, where he stayed for three nights and left on January 29

The King’s diagnosis – which shocked the world – comes weeks after Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, announced her skin cancer diagnosis

Speaking at a cancer charity fundraiser from Florida in the United States, the Duchess, who is scheduled to have a skin cancer operation this week, urged the King to ‘keep fighting on’.

She later wrote on Instagram:  ‘This was my first event since my melanoma diagnosis and since hearing of His Majesty The King’s recent cancer diagnosis. 

‘His Majesty is very dear to me and I think I speak for everyone when I say he is in my thoughts and prayers.’

Meanwhile, on Thursday Queen Camilla said the King was ‘very touched’ by all the messages of support he had received.

Speaking at an event at Salisbury Cathedral the Queen who has continued to stand by her husband’s side said: ‘He is doing extremely well under the circumstances.

‘He is very touched by all of the letters and messages the public have been sending from everywhere. That’s very cheering.’

The King and Queen appeared in good sprits as they chatted while walking to the church ont he Sandringham estate

The King and Queen appeared in good sprits as they chatted while walking to the church ont he Sandringham estate

The King appeared to laugh as he walked in with rev Paul Williams on Sunday morning

The King appeared to laugh as he walked in with rev Paul Williams on Sunday morning 

It came hours after the King’s eldest son Prince William thanked the nation for support of his father and his wife the Princess of Wales after she underwent abdominal surgery last month.

In a speech at a gala dinner in support of London’s Air Ambulance Charity, the Prince of Wales said: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the kind messages of support for Catherine and for my father, especially in recent days

‘It means a great deal to us all. It’s fair to say the past few weeks have had a rather medical focus.’

Following the announcement of the King’s illness on Monday, his youngest son, Prince Harry, 39, flew to London from California where he lives with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children.

The Duke of Sussex took a commercial British Airways flight from Los Angeles arriving at Buckingham Palace at 2.42pm.

He then spent around 45 minutes chatting with his father, which is thought to be their first proper contact in 15 months.

It was their first formal meeting in person since the late Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in September 2022.

Harry did not see his estranged brother and heir to the throne Prince William, or sister-in-law Kate, who is recovering from her abdominal surgery and on extended leave

Harry did not see his estranged brother and heir to the throne Prince William, or sister-in-law Kate, who is recovering from her abdominal surgery and on extended leave

Meghan Markle was pictured beaming as she was snapped driving near her $14m Montecito home just hours before Prince Harry returned home

Meghan Markle was pictured beaming as she was snapped driving near her $14m Montecito home just hours before Prince Harry returned home

The father and son had a ‘brief meeting’ before the King and Camilla were driven to Buckingham Palace where a helicopter was waiting to take them back to Sandringham.

For his journey back to the States, Harry was spotted in Heathrow’s exclusive Windsor Suite as he prepared to fly back that afternoon.

It is believed that the royal did not see his estranged brother and heir to the throne Prince William, or sister-in-law Kate.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle was pictured smiling as she drove her Range Rover near her $14m Montecito home just hours before Prince Harry returned home.

Harry is expected to return to Britain in May for a service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the tenth anniversary of the Invictus Games. 

Meanwhile, the heir to the throne William, 41, has been taking on some of the King’s duties but sources confirmed his priority is to ‘support his wife and his family’.

The Princess of Wales, 42, is on the mend taking extended leave while she continues to recover from her surgery.   

Kate joined her husband and their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – for a half-term holiday at Sandringham, the Mail’s Richard Eden reported.

A friend said: ‘Catherine is recovering well. She was looking forward to a change of scene and will be able to take it easy in Norfolk while the children let off steam with William.’

Kate, 42, is on the mend and joined her husband and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on a half-term holiday on the Sandringham estate

Kate, 42, is on the mend and joined her husband and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on a half-term holiday on the Sandringham estate

The heir to the throne took time off to support his family, after the Princess of Wales underwent planned abdominal surgery

The heir to the throne took time off to support his family, after the Princess of Wales underwent planned abdominal surgery

A source said William's priority is Kate and his family

A source said William’s priority is Kate and his family 

 William has no further duties scheduled this week. A source said: ‘The Prince has always made clear that his priority is to support his wife and family for the time being – and he did not put a timescale on that.

‘He will make a return to duties on Wednesday but you should not expect to see him again for a bit after that.’

It is understood that William has his father’s ‘100 per cent’ backing in returning at his own pace.

A source said: ‘The King adores Catherine and thinks she is doing a wonderful job. He understands that family comes first.’

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