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Biography claims Queen 'was battling rare cancer' in final months before death

An author has claimed The Queen 'was battling cancer' in the months before her death. Gyles Brandreth, who was a friend of Prince Philip, alleges the late Monarch was suffering from a rare form of bone marrow cancer in an upcoming biography called Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait.

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King Charles won't live in Buckingham Palace 'for 5 years' due to renovations
READ MORE: Royal chiefs to 'quietly drop' Consort from Camilla's title before Charles' coronationA source told the Sun that the primary residence will be Clarence House, where the pair have spent the majority of their time of the past two decades which sits just 400 yards away from Buckingham Palace.The couple moved into the five bed residence after the death of the Queen Mother in 2003.There schedule is likely to see the royal couple spend three nights a week at Clarence House, two at Windsor Castle and weekends at the Sandringham retreat in Norfolk.The source said: "Refurbishment is very far behind schedule but the Monarch should be living at Buckingham Palace."It's the heart of the monarchy in London, otherwise it risks becoming just a tourist attraction."We effectively have a king without a palace to live in."But that is not the only residences the royals are able to make use of.They also have residences in Highgrove House in Gloucestershire which was bought by King Charles in 1980.Since then he has made it a point of pride in having the grounds immaculately attended to in line with his green credentials.Buckingham Palace thought to be around halfway through its refurbishment, much of which involves new wiring, plumbing, and heating.The bill for the refurbishment is footed by the taxpayer via the Sovereign Grant, with a third of the cash set aside for maintenance of all the royal palaces. The maintenance was ordered after the palace was deemed a fire risk and water damage risk having been left relatively untouched since the Second World War.