William fills royal void during King Charles cancer treatment

February 07, 2024

Britain's Prince William is taking over frontline royal duties while his father King Charles is treated for cancer (TOBY MELVILLE)With his father King Charles III undergoing cancer treatment and his wife recovering from surgery, Britain's Prince William found himself thrust back to the frontline of royal duties on Wednesday. The king's shock cancer diagnosis, announced on Monday, and Catherine's abdominal operation have left William, 41, shouldering a heavy royal burden. Harry quit royal duties in 2020 and relocated to California where he now lives with his American wife Meghan and their two young children. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams described the rift between William and Harry, also known as the Duke of Sussex, and the rest of the royal family as "very deep". But she was "1,000 percent" confident that William would be a good stand-in, adding: "I think he'll probably be king sooner than he hoped."