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Camilla will be ‘massive support’ to King during his cancer treatment

The Queen will be key to helping her husband through his health scare and maintaining the public presence of the monarchy, according to a royal expert.

Camilla was described as a “massive support” to Charles by Joe Little of Majesty Magazine, who highlighted how she carried out a string of public events last week following his treatment for an enlarged prostate.

The woman often referred to by the King as my “darling wife” visited London’s Royal Free hospital last Wednesday to open a £6 million centre run by the charity Maggie’s in her role as its patron.

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The Queen (centre) chats to cancer patients during her visit to Maggie’s new centre at the Royal Free Hospital (Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph/PA)

The organisation provides welcoming spaces for cancer patients, and their families, to process the news of a diagnosis and to meet and bond with others receiving treatment.

Mr Little said: “Camilla has shown for a long time, and we’re very aware now, that she is famed as the power behind the throne.

“She is a massive support in so many ways to her husband the King, only last week we saw that she was holding the fort while he was recuperating at Sandringham.

“I think only now are people appreciating the true worth of Queen Camilla and that will very much be the case in the coming weeks.”

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Charles and Camilla attended a Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk at the weekend. Joe Giddens/PA

Charles acceded to the throne when his mother Queen Elizabeth died peacefully at her Balmoral home aged 96 on September 8 2022, after serving as sovereign for 70 years.

His own reign is just 16 months old, and his cancer diagnosis will put his public work on hold, although the King will be carrying on with matters of state and official paperwork privately.

“It’s a blow to somebody so early in his reign, which clearly will have an immediate impact, not to mention a longer term impact, especially depending on the nature of the diagnosis and his response to the treatment,” said Mr Little.

The Prince of Wales’ office announced earlier on Monday William would, on Wednesday, carry out his first public engagements since his wife had major abdominal surgery on January 16.

Mr Little added: “With the House of Windsor it’s very much a case of business as usual when it comes to personal health matters.

“I think they are keeping calm and carrying on, as they would be expected to.”