Prince William made his first public appearance since the announcement of his father, King Charles III’s cancer diagnosis, and his wife Kate Middleton’s hospitalization for abdominal surgery.

The 41-year-old future king expressed gratitude to the public for their supportive messages during a charity gala dinner, marking his return to royal duties. Earlier in the day, he had overseen an investiture at Windsor Castle.

“The past few weeks have been, medically speaking, quite focused, so I thought I’d attend an air ambulance function to take a break,” Prince William remarked in a light-hearted manner.

The queen, a former air ambulance pilot, joined the black-tie event, mingling with fellow pilots and engaging in conversations with celebrities like Tom Cruise. Meanwhile, the younger King is currently undergoing outpatient treatment for an unspecified malignancy.

According to oncologists, many cancer patients can now undergo treatment and achieve remission or complete eradication of their disease.

Following Kate’s surgery for an undisclosed condition, William took a temporary break from his public duties to assist in caring for their three young children. It’s expected that the Princess of Wales, formerly known as Kate Middleton, will return to her public duties around April.

Earlier this week, Charles received a cancer diagnosis, intensifying the challenges facing the royal family. To focus on his treatment and recovery, he has decided to withdraw from all public engagements. Despite undergoing treatment for an unspecified cancer, Charles will continue his administrative duties, including reviewing and signing state documents.

Sally Bedell Smith, author of “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life,” remarked, “His absence is putting a lot of pressure on the other members of the royal family, who are certainly up to it.” The absence of the Princess of Wales, a prominent figure in the family, who is currently recovering from surgery, further compounds the existing pressures.

As Charles continues his recovery, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to call him on Wednesday night to offer his best wishes. Live audiences are anticipated to resume later this month.

Unfortunately, Charles’ illness has come at an inconvenient time for the House of Windsor. Since ascending to the throne just 17 months ago, he has pledged to reduce the monarchy’s expenses, partly by limiting the number of “working royals” supported by taxpayer funds. However, with two key family members unwell, maintaining this commitment will be more challenging.

In addition to the well-known royal events, the Windsors attend numerous lesser-known events annually, such as library and community center openings, to recognize public achievements and mark local occasions. These appearances provide visibility and credibility to hundreds of charities, aiding their fundraising efforts.

Charles, aged 75, was spotted in public for the first time since his cancer diagnosis when he left Clarence House after a brief meeting with his son, Prince Harry.

Harry’s swift arrival in London from California, less than 24 hours after Buckingham Palace disclosed the king’s cancer diagnosis, has sparked optimism for reconciliation between him and his father. Their meeting is seen as an opportunity to mend their strained relationship, particularly after Harry’s public criticisms of the royal family’s alleged unconscious racism and mistreatment of his wife, Meghan Markle, who is biracial and a former actor.

Once viewed as influential figures within the royal family, capable of bridging generational gaps, Harry and Meghan stepped back from their royal duties in 2020. They now reside in California.