King Charles to defy medical advice and make major trip over fears for future

King Charles III
King Charles III looks set to travel to the key meeting, despite medical advice -Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images

King Charles is reportedly set to ignore medical advice and make the journey to Samoa for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on October 21, despite his ongoing battle with cancer.

Insiders claim that Prince William is unable to replace him due to the Princess of Wales's own health struggles, leaving no other working Royal considered senior enough to take the King's place.

"Attending the CHOGM is not something William can take on at this time due to Kate's health, and although Anne and other working royals are doing a great job stepping in to plug the gaps at home, they are not viewed as high level enough to represent the sovereign as leader of the Commonwealth," an insider revealed.

It has been reported that palace aides have not yet visited Samoa to plan for the King and Queen Consort's trip, which was supposed to include a state visit to Australia. A source disclosed to the Express the importance of the visit in terms of securing Australia's commitment to the Commonwealth amidst increasing republican sentiment.

"King Charles's presence at both the Commonwealth meeting and in Australia is viewed as instrumental in preserving Commonwealth unity," the source claimed. "Despite medical advice recommending against travelling long distances, particularly due to the time difference which can add to exhaustion, the King remains resolute in his decision to undertake the trip."

At age 75, Charles was confirmed to attend the 27th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) between October 2125, prior to his cancer diagnosis; this would be the first under his leadership.

Consisting of 56 member countries from across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, CHOGM will be hosted for the first time by a small island state, Samoa. "This is a meeting that the Firm is viewing as pivotal to maintaining its hold over the Commonwealth," the same source noted.

"The King is determined to attend himself. It's not something that a stand-in can really undertake on his behalf."

In terms of future engagements, Buckingham Palace commented that "nothing is ruled in or out", given that they are planned "subject to doctors advice". The source further added that the King remains optimistic about executing the journey, originally encompassing stops in New Zealand and crucially, Australia.

Currently, palace aides are reassessing the proposed itinerary and will soon start preliminary plans, which include site visits to prepare for a downsized tour.

"The tour will be very much scaled-down and aides are also looking at holding events at times that fit more within the UK's time zone so that the King can remain strong and healthy during the visit," a source revealed. "Australia is being viewed as a key part of the tour because if that's lost, the rest of the Commonwealth will fall like dominoes."

The insider added that despite Prince William potentially being able to stand in for his father, it is highly unlikely he would do so. It was reported in December that Prince William has significant plans to modernise the monarchy upon succeeding his father.

The future king is said to be devising a five-point plan aimed at bidding farewell to the late Queen's and his father's cherished Commonwealth.

"There was already a reluctance from both William and Kate to join the tour of the Commonwealth because they feel it's an outdated institution," the source disclosed.

Kensington Palace has been contacted for a statement.