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Why King Charles and Prince William canceled royal engagements

Change of plans.

King Charles and Prince William have canceled their royal engagements for the rest of the week, Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement to the BBC on Wednesday.

The decision was made after UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a surprise general election scheduled for July 4.

King Charles and Prince William in Hampshire, England, on May 13. fake images

Buckingham Palace said the royals canceled visits “which may appear to divert attention or distract from the election campaign.”

“Their Majesties send their sincere apologies to any of those who may be affected as a result,” the statement read.

The Post has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, Rishi Sunak. fake images
King Charles and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Buckingham Palace on November 4, 2022. AP

The king, 75, had outings planned for Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24, including visits to Bentley Factory Crewe and St Paul’s community center in Cheshire.

William, 41, had engagements planned for Thursday that also had to be cancelled.

Due to the July 4 election, it is unclear whether the royals will still participate in events in June such as Trooping the Color and Order of the Garter Day.

King Charles III at the Army Aviation Center in Stockbridge, England, on May 13, 2024. fake images

Charles and William will still travel to France next month to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. They will be joined by Charles’ wife, Queen Camilla, 76.

That trip will mark the first time Charles has traveled abroad since learning of his cancer diagnosis in February.

Prince William at the Sovereign’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 21, 2024. POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The monarch underwent a procedure for an enlarged prostate when doctors discovered “a separate issue of concern” that requires treatment.

Buckingham Palace has not clarified what type of cancer Charles has.

After sharing his diagnosis with the world, Charles returned to official public duties in late April. He and Camilla visited a cancer treatment center at University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Center in central London.

William has also been busy with his royal duties while his wife, Kate Middleton, 42, deals with her own battle with cancer.

Prince William at the Army Aviation Center in Stockbridge on May 13, 2024. fake images

In January, the Princess of Wales announced she would be taking a break from royal duties until after Easter as she underwent planned surgery.

But after Kate sparked global concern when she went missing for a while after surgery, she announced her cancer diagnosis to the world in a pre-recorded clip shared on March 22.

The mother of three said doctors discovered her cancer during planned abdominal surgery and noted that she is now in the early stages of “a course of preventive chemotherapy.”

She has largely remained out of the public eye since revealing her diagnosis.

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