Queen Camilla issues six-word update on King Charles' cancer

A photo of Charles and Camilla
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Queen Camilla has said that King Charles is "doing fine" but is a bit of a rebel and "he won't slow down and won't do what he's told".

She revealed these bits of information during her arrival at the second annual Queen's Reading Room Literary Festival held at Hampton Court Palace on Saturday 8 June, where she had a discussion with the thriller author, Lee Child. Sharing what Camilla disclosed to him with the press, Child joked it "sounds to me like a typical husband".

Queen Camilla was welcomed by the chairman of Historic Royal Palaces, Sir Nicholas Coleridge, among other dignitaries, including Vicky Perrin, who is the chief executive of the Queen's Reading Room, and famed authors like Harlan Coben.

Charles, who is 75, had received treatment in a hospital located in London last Tuesday, just mere hours before he delivered a speech at D-Day commemorations. Unfazed by his health condition, His Majesty went straight from his treatment to Portsmouth the next day, where he delivered an engaging eight-minute long speech and interacted with veterans, before making his way to Normandy.

A photo of Charles in Normandy
King Charles III has resumed royal duties -Credit:POOL/AFP via Getty Images

This isn't the first time Queen Camilla has given the public a sneak peek into the King's health journey; at the garden party hosted last month, she confided to guests that the King would start "getting better" provided he "behaved himself". Camilla couldn't help but express her annoyance over her husband's strenuous work schedule; a testament to this was the fact that he had squeezed in as many as five engagements into a single week, reports the Mirror.

However, the excitement for next weekend's Trooping the Colour is tinged with some disappointment as it's confirmed that Kate Middleton will be absent from the festivities. The King, who has recently resumed his public engagements, will be observing from a carriage.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton is will not be appearing at Trooping The Colour -Credit:Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Kate, who is courageously battling cancer, penned a heartfelt letter to the Irish Guards, expressing her regret at missing the event. Shared on their social media, she wrote: "I wanted to write to let you know how proud I am of the entire regiment ahead of the Colonel's Review and Trooping the Colour."

She continued, acknowledging the hard work of the troops: "I appreciate everyone Trooping this year has been practising for months, and dedicating many hours to ensure their uniforms and drill are immaculate. Being your Colonel remains a great honour, and I am very sorry that I am unable to take the salute at this year's Colonel Review."

Concluding her message, she said: "Please pass my apologies to the whole Regiment, however, I do hope I can represent you all again soon. Please send my very best wishes and good luck to all involved."