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Double cancer blow to Kate and King Charles dwindles working royal strength


NEW DELHI: Britain’s royal family is currently grappling with dual health crises as both Princess Kate and King Charles III face battles with cancer. The revelation of the Princess of Wales’ illness has sparked an outpouring of support for her and for the royal family, which now finds itself in a delicate position with two senior members undergoing medical treatment.
With Prince William taking time off to assist in caring for Kate and their children during the Easter school break, the number of working royals has dwindled significantly, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the monarchy’s future.The absence of key figures like Prince Harry and Prince Andrew facing scrutiny over association with Jeffrey Epstein further exacerbates the situation, leaving Queen Camilla and a select few to carry out public duties on behalf of the monarchy.
The current state of affairs stands in stark contrast to King Charles III’s initial aspirations for a monarchy upon ascending the throne in 2022. Despite lacking political power, the monarch fulfills a vital constitutional role, including signing bills into law and engaging with government officials regularly. The royal family members also serve as patrons for various charities, professional bodies, and sports organizations, while also fulfilling ceremonial roles in military regiments.
Amidst calls for greater transparency and accountability, the royal family has grappled with the delicate balance between visibility and privacy, particularly in the wake of Princess Diana’s tragic death and ongoing tensions with the media. Recent missteps, such as the withdrawal of a photo of Kate and her children due to manipulation concerns, highlight the challenges that the royal family is currently facing in managing public perception.
The outpouring of public sympathy and the royals’ commitment to their duties are seen as crucial factors in navigating through the current crisis. As Kate aptly expressed in a video message, the focus now lies on her recovery and eventual return to fulfilling her royal duties.
(With agency inputs)

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