Queen Camilla is ‘very compassionate’ about the impact of cancer says boss of centre the royal visited days before King Charles’ diagnosis was made public

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Pictured: Dame Laura Lee (right) greeted Queen Camilla as she arrived for the opening of Maggie's new cancer centre in North West London last week

Queen Camilla is ‘very compassionate and knowledgable’ about the impact of cancer and will play a ‘supportive role’ for King Charles and Prince William during her husband’s treatment, a charity boss has claimed.

Last night, Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles, 75, has been diagnosed with cancer and would be stepping back from public duties during his treatment. 

Appearing on BBC Breakfast this morning, Dame Laura Lee – who is the chief executive of Maggie’s cancer charity – said the Queen was ‘in good and strong spirits’ when she saw her last week.

Queen Camilla, 76, has been the president of Maggie’s cancer charity for 15 years and attended the opening of their new centre at the Royal Free Hospital Centre in London last Wednesday.

Dame Lee said: ‘So the Queen is very knowledgeable about the impact of cancer and is very compassionate and empathic in terms of understanding the impact and role of support that she will undoubtedly be offering the King during this time.’ 

Pictured: Dame Laura Lee (right) greeted Queen Camilla as she arrived for the opening of Maggie’s new cancer centre in North West London last week

Discussing how Charles’ diagnosis may impact other members of the firm, Dame Lee continued: ‘I think she understands that cancer is a very specific experience for each individual, but that it’s also the family that are going through it. 

‘So she will be thinking about how best to support the King, but she will also be thinking about the rest of the family – Prince William – and also about supporting the King in his wishes to keep fully active and working through treatment.’ 

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Recalling Camilla’s visit last week, Dame Lee highlighted how the Queen took the time to speak with a group of people who have been affected by cancer in some way. 

She explained: ‘She has been in and visited many of our Maggie’s centres and so it was a day of work for her, of coming and helping us celebrate and open the centre.

‘So, obviously, we know this information about King Charles after that visit, but during it she sat down, as she does in all of our centres, with a group of people affected by cancer, who talked about their own stories, about how they had navigated the challenges of cancer, and how important support was for them.’

On top of this, Dame Laura said a cancer diagnosis can be a ‘process of adjustment’ and praised King Charles for sharing his diagnosis.

She added: ‘So he’s telling others that he’s going through this, that they are not alone. He is with them on that.

‘But he’s also giving his time to his family to come to terms with what’s going on and to what might lie ahead.’

Dame Laura Lee said during an interview on BBC Breakfast that Queen Camilla will play a 'supportive role' for King Charles (pictured on Christmas Day 2023)

Dame Laura Lee said during an interview on BBC Breakfast that Queen Camilla will play a ‘supportive role’ for King Charles (pictured on Christmas Day 2023)

Pictured: Queen Camilla seen speaking with members of the public who benefit from the new cancer centre

Pictured: Queen Camilla seen speaking with members of the public who benefit from the new cancer centre

Maggie’s is a charity that supports cancer patients and their families and has 24 centres based in hospitals across the UK.

The charity was founded by Maggie Keswick Jencks, and her husband Charles Jencks after she received a second cancer diagnosis in 1993.

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After being moved to a windowless corridor to process the news, the couple came up with the idea of creating centres to offer support to people with cancer and opened their first one in Edinburgh in 1996.

During her visit to the new centre in North-West London, Queen Camilla was introduced to to donors including Sir Gerald Ronson, who asked after the King’s health following his treatment for an enlarged prostate.

‘How’s the boss doing?’ he said.  

‘He’s getting on, doing his best,’ she replied.

Dori Dana-Haeri, who led the fundraising effort for the new centre, said she was ‘so pleased’ Charles, 75, was well.

Queen Camilla nodded as she said: ‘Thank goodness.’

The King is 'getting on' and 'doing his best' following his three-night stay in hospital, the Queen said last week. She is pictured with Viscountess Marcia Blakenham

The King is ‘getting on’ and ‘doing his best’ following his three-night stay in hospital, the Queen said last week. She is pictured with Viscountess Marcia Blakenham

Speaking with people who have been affected by cancer, Camilla said during her visit to the centre: ‘It’s such an incredible place. You can literally come and chill, can’t you?’

Marilyn Bello, 51, from north London, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2020 and told the Queen she had been coming to Maggie’s during chemotherapy and had met many new friends, ‘people who understand you.’

She thanked her for her work but the Queen replied: ‘It’s not me you should be thanking.’

She added: ‘It’s nice that you can just drop in if you want to, you don’t have to make an appointment.’

Prince Harry’s father called him personally to tell him the devastating news about his cancer and the Duke of Sussex has jumped on a plane so he could be in the UK later today. 

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A luxury Range Rover believed to be carrying the British royal was seen arriving at LAX’s VIP terminal last night and there are claims he boarded the earliest flight and could be in London by lunchtime.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: ‘I’m sure Harry will put aside the past right now for this serious issue. The Royal family – including the Sussexes – it’s so important that everyone is pulling in the right direction’.

The King spent last night at home in London after beginning out-patient cancer treatment – as family and friends revealed that the monarch remains ‘hugely positive’ following his bombshell diagnosis.

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