King Charles III is battling pancreatic cancer and has been given 2 years to live.

In Touch Weekly reports that the King’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis is an “open secret” among royal staffers.

The King received his cancer diagnosis after having surgery for a benign enlarged prostate on January 26.

“Many courtiers believe Charles’ cancer is worse than they’re making it out to be,” an insider tells In Touch. “Even before the diagnosis, there were concerns about his health.”

Buckingham Palace confirmed The King is alive and well in a press release on Monday, after a Russian news agency falsely reported his death.

The 75-year-old British monarch has since attended a few public engagements.

“Charles is keeping up with some appearances, not only to squash the wild conspiracy theories and false reports of his death, but to ensure people that he’s still able to perform his duties as king,” a second source said.

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest of all cancer types in the world. It has one of the lowest survival rates.

The pancreas is a large organ behind the stomach that secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine. The pancreas also secretes insulin which regulates blood sugar.

Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide out of control and form a malignant mass or tumor.

Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer include:

  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Back pain
  • Jaundice (yellow eyes and skin)
  • Dark urine
  • Light-colored tan or grey stools
  • Dark-colored or black stool (bleeding)
  • Change in bowel habits