Prince William has 'the weight of the world on his shoulders' amid King's cancer diagnosis

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Prince William, Prince of Wales and King Charles III walk behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin
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Prince William isn't having an easy time of late.

With his wife Princess Kate still recovering from surgery and his father King Charles recently diagnosed with cancer, his children's half-term break likely won't feel like the relaxing and carefree time it might have been in the past.

In particular, as the heir to the thron, the Prince of Wales will need to step in for his dad much more than when the King is well, and will need to help keep morale high among both his entourage and the British public.

"I think William has certainly realised this and the weight of the world is on his shoulders. He's going to be the King at some stage," noted royal author Robert Jobson, speaking to Hello!.

"The expectation is on William's shoulders and he must be feeling rather like Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth when she was 25, suddenly being catapulted into this job which becomes all consuming."

William's late grandmother the Queen became monarch at a young age, and reigned until her death at the age of 96.

Of course, William will not be stepping into his role as King for the time being, but his father's illness will show him a glimpse into the responsibilities that position entails.

As for the King, he issued a new message of thanks to royal fans over the weekend.

"I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days," Charles wrote.

"As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.

"It is equally heartening to hear how sharing my own diagnosis has helped promote public understanding and shine a light on the work of all those organisations which support cancer patients and their families across the UK and wider world. My lifelong admiration for their tireless care and dedication is all the greater as a result of my own personal experience."

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.