Politicians across the North East have been expressing their good wishes for King Charles after news of his cancer diagnoses.

Following treatment for an enlarged prostate, it was discovered that he had cancer.

Buckingham Palace said the King personally called both Harry and the Prince of Wales – as well as his siblings the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Duke of Edinburgh – to share news of his health.

The Duke of Sussex is set to fly to the UK to see his father.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reacted to the news of the King’s cancer diagnosis by tweeting: “Wishing His Majesty a full and speedy recovery.

“I have no doubt he’ll be back to full strength in no time and I know the whole country will be wishing him well.”

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, said: "It is with shock and sadness that we have learned that His Majesty the King has been diagnosed with cancer.

"On behalf of everyone in Teesside, Darlington, and Hartlepool I send my thoughts to His Majesty, and the wider Royal Family, and wish him well in his recovery.

"God save the King."

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Simon Clarke, Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said: "I know everyone in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland will join me in sending His Majesty every good wish after this evening’s statement.

"He has been very brave to share his diagnosis publicly and is in my prayers."

Jonathan Brash, Labour's candidate for Hartlepool, said: "I would like to wish His Majesty a speedy recovery following his cancer diagnosis. My thoughts are with him and his family."