A new biography that’s hit the shelves has claimed that the late Queen Elizabeth II was battling a form of myeloma, bone marrow cancer, in her final few years.
UK author Gyles Brandreth, a friend of the Queen’s late husband Prince Philip and former politician, has made the claims in his new book ‘Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait.’
“I had heard that the Queen had a form of myeloma — bone marrow cancer — which would explain her tiredness and weight loss and those ‘mobility issues’ we were often told about during the last year or so of her life,” he wrote in an extract published by the Daily Mail.
“The most common symptom of myeloma is bone pain, especially in the pelvis and lower back, and multiple myeloma is a disease that often affects the elderly.
“Currently, there is no known cure, but treatment — including medicines to help regulate the immune system and drugs that help prevent the weakening of the bones — can reduce the severity of its symptoms and extend the patient’s survival by months or two to three years.”
Brandreth also added that Britain’s longest-reigning monarch tried to keep herself busy as a way to live without her husband Philip, who died in April 2021.
Buckingham Palace is yet to address the claims.