King Charles gives personal insight into his cancer battle: Monarch reveals he lost his ‘sense of taste’ during emotional chat with…

King Charles and Prince William


King Charles today revealed he has lost his sense of taste during cancer treatment.


King Charles

The 75-year-old monarch was speaking to British Army veteran Aaron Mapplebeck while visiting the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, this afternoon.

Mr Mapplebeck said he underwent chemotherapy last year for testicular cancer and that lost his sense of taste – and the King revealed this had also happened to him.

Buckingham Palace has not yet confirmed details of the King’s treatment, with royal officials only saying so far that he is being treated for an undisclosed form of cancer.

Earlier, Charles arrived by helicopter for a special ceremony with Prince William where he officially handed over command of Prince Harry’s former regiment.

The monarch bestowed the prestigious position of Colonel-in-Chief of The Army Air Corps to his heir at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, Hampshire.
William will represent the Army’s airborne wing, including his brother’s former unit – 662 Squadron.

Harry served in the regiment as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, and it was widely thought he would have taken the role until he made the decision to step back from royal life in 2020.

The rare joint engagement for Charles and William comes on the same day that Harry is jetting back from his ‘quasi-royal’ tour in Nigeria with his wife Meghan Markle.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to land at London Heathrow later today before heading back to Los Angeles and their Β£12million Montecito mansion.

King Charles and Prince William

Last Tuesday, Buckingham Palace announced that Charles would officially hand over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to William at the Army Aviation Centre, where Harry previously learnt to fly.