Buckingham Palace has lashed out at “intrusive and insensitive” books about the King’s cancer, allegedly written by artificial intelligence.
The palace said its legal team was investigating a report that a number of books containing false claims about Charles’ illness were being sold on Amazon.
The King, who has not revealed what type of cancer he has been diagnosed with, made his first public statement on Saturday evening, thanking the public for their support.
“Such books speculating about Her Majesty’s diagnosis and treatment are intrusive, insensitive and full of inaccuracies,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told the Mail on Sunday.
Our legal team will look into the matter closely. We call on the people or organizations that have been instrumental in the sale of these books to withdraw them immediately.
The newspaper reported that 7 biographies making false claims about Charles’ health following his cancer diagnosis were on sale on Amazon. Internet giant Amazon removed several of the books, allegedly written by artificial intelligence algorithms and listed on the site alongside best-selling legal royal biographies, following the news.
The King announced on Monday that he had been diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer and was currently undergoing treatment for the disease. Charles ascended the throne just 17 months ago.
In his first public statement on his diagnosis, Charles expressed his “sincere thanks” to his nation for the “many messages of support and good wishes” he has received. In Buckingham Palace’s public statement on Saturday, the King said it was “equally heartening” to hear that sharing his diagnosis had helped improve public understanding of cancer.
An Amazon spokesperson told the Mail on Sunday that the company spends “significant time and resources” ensuring that books sold on its website comply with “content guidelines”.
The spokesperson added the following:
We don’t allow AI-generated content that violates our content rules, including content that creates a disappointing customer experience. We removed books that we found violated our rules.
The Independent contacted Buckingham Palace and Amazon for comment but has not yet received a response.