Every week since he became king, King Charles has had a private meeting with the Prime Minister at Buckingham Palace. It is a weekly meeting that is all about keeping the monarch informed of important political happenings. However, now that the king has been diagnosed with cancer, things will be changing for a while.
According to Sky News, although the weekly meetings between King Charles and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will continue to take place, they will not be happening in person (at least this week). Instead, the king and Prime Minister will be doing a phone meeting in order to discuss any important state business.
At this point, this impacts this week's meeting, but it could continue into the foreseeable future as the king receives treatment for his cancer.
King Charles and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will hold their weekly meeting via phone instead of in person
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister stated that, "We don't in general - and we are not going to - get into the habit of commenting on the PM's conversations with the King. But we have agreed with the Palace in this specific instance to confirm that they will be speaking on the phone later."
It makes sense for both the palace and the Prime Minister's office to be open about this change since it is confirms that even amidst his treatment, the king is still working and doing his part to lead the Commonwealth, even as he remains neutral on political happenings. Of course, it is also a way for both parties to make it clear that they continue to work together even during trying times.
Obviously we appreciate the fact that the palace is keeping people informed about what is happening with King Charles, even as they do their best to also keep certain aspects of the king's life private. As he is such a public figure, it makes sense that people want to know what is happening and how it may have an impact on their lives.
While there is no word as to whether or not the phone meeting between the king and Prime Minister is going to be an on-going event, we do like knowing what is happening in these early days of knowing about the king's health.