King to hold weekly audience with PM by phone instead of in person

UK

The prime minister will have his weekly audience with the King over the phone following the monarch’s cancer diagnosis, Downing Street has said.

The private meeting is normally held in person in Buckingham Palace.

“We don’t in genera -l and we are not going to – get into the habit of commenting on the PM’s conversations with the King,” said Rishi Sunak’s spokesman.

“But we have agreed with the Palace in this specific instance to confirm that they will be speaking on the phone later.”

The meeting is intended to discuss government matters, but details of their conversation are never released.

The King yesterday drove from Clarence House to the Palace and then took a helicopter to the royals’ Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

Prince Harry also arrived in the UK after flying back from California and had a short meeting with his father.

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The King revealed his cancer diagnosis on Monday but the Palace has not revealed what form of the disease he has.

It was identified during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate – but it’s not prostate cancer.

Read more:
How will the King be treated?
The most common cancer types for monarch’s age
The King’s health over the years – explained

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