Gary Barlow has addressed King Charles’ cancer diagnosis during an exclusive appearance on Sunrise.
The former Take That star, who has had a longstanding friendship with Charles, performed at significant royal events such as the queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012 and the coronation last year.
“It’s very sad — as a Brit, we love our royal family — (so) I am hoping it is good news,” Gary said, clearly upset.
“As a dad and a husband and a grandad, we are sending our best wishes for sure.”
Gary commended King Charles’ community service as a royal.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be around the royal family enough to know how hard and how seriously they take their position,” he said.
“All the love and hope to their family.”
Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles had been diagnosed with cancer during a recent corrective procedure for an enlarged prostate. Although the cancer was discovered during this operation, it’s clarified that it is not located in his prostate. Further diagnostic tests identified a form of cancer.
“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties,” Buckingham Palace said.
“Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.”
Buckingham Palace stated that King Charles remains optimistic about his treatment and is eager to resume his public duties. The king disclosed his diagnosis to prevent global speculation about his health.
According to a source cited by the Press Association, Prince Harry, currently residing in the US, has conversed with the king about his cancer diagnosis and plans to travel to the UK to see him in the near future.
“The duke did speak with his father about his diagnosis. He will be travelling to the UK to see his majesty in the coming days,” the source close to Harry said.
Last month, King Charles spent three nights in the hospital following his prostate procedure. He was seen smiling and waving to crowds alongside Camilla upon leaving a London clinic about a week ago.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement thanking Charles’s medical team and supporters for their assistance during his hospital stay.
This announcement follows Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York’s revelation last month about her aggressive skin cancer diagnosis. Ferguson underwent surgery to remove the malignant melanoma, six months after disclosing her breast cancer diagnosis in June of the previous year.