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Afternoon teas and dinner with friends are just some of the activities that King Charles is partaking in since stepping back from public-facing duties.

More than a month ago, Buckingham Palace announced that the Monarch had been diagnosed with a type of cancer, which had been picked up after doctors treated an enlarged prostate. 

Even since then, Charles, 75, has allowed other working members of the Firm such as his wife, Queen Camilla and son, Prince William, to take the lead while he continues treatment. 

A palace insider told the Times that the royal’s schedule is filled with lavish, indulgent afternoon teas and gardening. 

On Monday, King Charles had two pals – a married couple – over for dinner at Windsor Castle, before leaving to attend his medical appointments the next morning. 

He had a couple of luncheons and dinners in the diary with friends who can be relied upon to give him comfort and support while Camilla holds the fort with public-facing roles. 

Since his diagnosis, Charles, 75, has allowed other working members of the Firm such as his wife, Queen Camilla take the lead with royal duties while he continues treatment

Since his diagnosis, Charles, 75, has allowed other working members of the Firm such as his wife, Queen Camilla take the lead with royal duties while he continues treatment

A palace insider said the royal's schedule is filled with with lavish, indulgent afternoon teas and dinner with friends

A palace insider said the royal’s schedule is filled with with lavish, indulgent afternoon teas and dinner with friends

The source told the outlet: ‘Despite the diagnosis and treatments, he is carrying on doing as much as he possibly can, but obviously has to do that with a schedule where everything is very slightly adapted.  

‘What’s amazing during this hiatus is how little has changed rather than how much has changed.’

Charles travels to London for cancer treatment before travelling back to Sandringham, located around 100 miles north of London.

When he is at his estate, often visited by the royals at Christmas time, the King often drives himself around his estate and is watching the process of a health-inspired botanical garden located at the front of the grand house. 

King Charles is an environmentalist who adores nature and has spoken about climate change from a young age. 

Aged just 21, the then-Prince of Wales warned the public of plastic waste and chemicals dumped in rivers and seas and the issues they cause. 

While the royal has been tucking into meals with friends, he has recently lost a dear chum who lived on his Highgrove Estate, Ian Farquhar.

The renowned huntsman was also the Queen Mother’s equerry and even served in the Queen’s Own Hussars, a cavalry regiment of the British Army.

Mr Farquhar was also close with Queen Camilla, living on the King’s estate for many years in a rented farmhouse. It is said that he died there on Wednesday morning.

Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles , first husband and friend of Camilla, told the Mail’s Richard Eden that the situation was ‘very sad’ and that he had been in poor health for the past few months.

He described his friend as ‘wild as a hawk in his youth, but always great fun’. Parker Bowles added that ‘The Captain’, as Farquhar was known, will be ‘judged by history as one of the great Master of Hounds’.

A source said that he used to go across the fields to meet the monarch for dinner, but would abandon his car ‘when it became hopelessly bogged down’ and would instead wait for it to be rescued by tractors.  

The King often drives himself around Sandringham and is watching the process of a health-inspired botanical garden located at the front of the grand house. Above: The Prince of Wales planting a tree in 2021

The King often drives himself around Sandringham and is watching the process of a health-inspired botanical garden located at the front of the grand house. Above: The Prince of Wales planting a tree in 2021

King Charles met with High Commissioner of Jamaica, Alexander Williams, who was joined by his wife Carol Watson-Williams, at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

The King has postponed all public-facing engagements while he continues his treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer, but he has been carrying out audiences and desk duties behind Palace walls.

High commissioners and ambassadors based in London have a customary audience with the monarch shortly after taking up their role.

Charles’ meeting came after he held a video call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The King earlier met with the Ambassador of Algeria, Nourredine Yazid, and Samba Mamadou, Ambassador of Mauritania.

The King was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer following hospital treatment for an enlarged prostate earlier this year, which was unrelated.

He was treated in the same hospital as the Princess of Wales, who underwent abdominal surgery for an unknown condition in January.

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