King Charles III and Prince William cancel royal events, reports say

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King Charles III and Prince William canceled all royal outings amid political changes in the United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace has shared that the king had two events scheduled for this week, one on May 23 and another on May 24, which have now been cancelled, while Prince William also canceled an appearance, according to reports from Entertainment Tonight and People.

The palace’s move comes as British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday announced a surprise election in July as his Conservative Party trails in the polls. Sunak’s center-right political party has been in power since 2010, but his political rivals, the Labor Party, have risen in recent polls amid frustrations over the economy and infrastructure.

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USA TODAY has contacted Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace for comment.

In February, the king was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer. Then, a month later, Princess Kate was diagnosed with cancer and she underwent “preventive chemotherapy treatment,” Kensington Palace announced at the time.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to personally thank you for all the wonderful messages of support and understanding while I recovered from surgery,” Kate said in a video released by the palace at the time. “It’s been an incredibly difficult couple of months for our entire family.”

“In January I underwent major abdominal surgery in London. And at the time my condition was thought to be non-cancerous,” he continued. “The surgery was a success. However, tests carried out after the operation revealed that there was cancer.”

King Charles and Prince William’s event cancellations come amid backlash over Princess Kate portrait

The father-son duo aren’t the only royals making headlines this week. Two months after her Mother’s Day photo-editing incident, a new portrait commissioned by British-Zambian artist Hannah Uzor for British fashion magazine Tatler is sparking backlash for its depiction of the princess.

The portrait is inspired by a real-life photo of Princess Kate wearing a floor-length white dress and a brooch from the late Queen Elizabeth II at King Charles III’s first state banquet as reigning monarch in November 2022. In the banquet, Princess Kate also wore Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara, a favorite of husband Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana.

Contributing: Kim Hjelmgaard