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King Charles reveals 1 strange side effect of his cancer treatment

King Charles III is experiencing side effects of his cancer treatment.

The monarch, 75, revealed he lost his sense of taste during a visit to the Army Flying Museum in Hampshire, England, on Monday, per the Independent.

A British Army veteran named Aaron Mapplebeck told Charles that he lost his sense of taste while undergoing treatment for cancer last year.

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King Charles III visits the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, England, on May 13, 2024.
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King Charles III meets staff members and their families at an army base in Middle Wallop, England, on May 13, 2024.

Charles responded that the same thing happened to him, too.

It isn’t clear if Charles is still missing his sense of taste.

The king learned of his diagnosis in February after he underwent a procedure for an enlarged prostate. There, doctors discovered “a separate issue of concern” that requires treatment.

Buckingham Palace later clarified that the cancer was not prostate cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, certain types of cancer and its treatment can change a patient’s sense of taste and smell. Usually, lack of taste can go away after treatment ends, but the side effect could sometimes last longer. The ACS recommends trying sugar-free lemon drops, gum or mints and seasoned foods with tart flavors, depending on whether someone notices a change in taste or smell.

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King Charles III at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, England.
King Charles III with members of the British army
King Charles III talks to members of the British army and their families on May 13, 2024.

Charles spoke out about his cancer battle just days after going public with the news.

“I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for the many messages of support and good wishes I have received in recent days,” he said in a message released by Buckingham Palace on Feb. 10. “As all those who have been affected by cancer will know, such kind thoughts are the greatest comfort and encouragement.”

The king, whose daughter-in-law Kate Middleton is also cancer-stricken, briefly hit the brakes on much of his royal agenda to focus on his health.

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King Charles III and Prince William at the Army Aviation Centre on May 13, 2024.
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King Charles III poses with service personnel at the the Army Aviation Centre.

Charles returned to official public duties for the first time since his diagnosis in late April. He visited a cancer treatment center at University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre in central London with his wife, Queen Camilla, at the time.

The famous royal waved to large crowds gathered outside the medical facility, and was heard making a joke upon arrival.

Along with his cancer battle, Charles has been dealing with drama regarding his estranged relationship with his youngest son, Prince Harry.

Harry, 39, returned to London last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games. There have been conflicting reports as to the reason why the father and son did not see each other in the UK.

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King Charles III at the Army Aviation Centre in Stockbridge, Hampshire, on May 13, 2024.

Sources close to Harry alleged that Charles chose not to see his son during the trip. However, that was disputed by Charles’ friends. They also claimed that Charles offered a stay in a royal residence to Harry, but Harry allegedly rejected his father’s invitation and stayed in a hotel for the three-day trip.

Royal commentator Charlotte Griffiths, meanwhile, claimed the monarch’s decision may have been swayed by “certain demands” from Harry.

“There is some talk that behind the scenes, a lot of negotiating went on,” Griffiths previously told GB News. “I think the reason was because Harry made certain demands about who could be in the room and who couldn’t. Although on the surface it looks like a snub, Harry made it very difficult for his father.”

Harry has been estranged from his family since quitting his royal duties and moving to California with his wife, Meghan Markle, in 2020.

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King Charles was diagnosed with cancer in February 2024.

But he did visit Charles, albeit briefly, after finding out his dad has cancer in February.

Harry addressed his father’s health issues publicly for the first time during an interview with “Good Morning America” after the quick trip.

“Look, I love my family,” the father of two said. “The fact that I was able to get on a plane and go and see him and spend any time with him, I’m grateful for that.”

Harry also confirmed that Charles’ health will “absolutely” have a “reunifying effect” on his family.

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