In a new documentary airing on Boxing Day, King Charles III will share his funny side, joking about his ‘sausage fingers’. A doctor will explain why the monarch’s fingers are swollen.
A doctor clarified the medical cause behind King Charles’ swollen “sausage fingers” after the monarch playfully mentioned it in a recent documentary.
The King, alongside his son Prince William, was filmed joking about his fingers during coronation rehearsals for the BBC documentary “Charles III: The Coronation Year,” scheduled to air on Boxing Day.
The Prince of Wales, in the footage, closed a clasp on his father’s lavish robe, amusing the monarch by saying, “On the day, that’s not going to go in.” King Charles jokingly responded, “No, you haven’t got sausage fingers like mine.”
Many people have raised questions about His Majesty’s swollen hands in the past. GP Chun Tang, the Medical Director at Pall Mall Medical in Manchester, has provided insights into possible reasons for this, listing various factors that could contribute to the condition.
Dr. Tang explained to the Daily Mail, “Puffy fingers are often a symptom of water retention, which can stem from various health conditions. Inflammation, associated with arthritis, multiple bacterial infections, or even TB, can contribute to this condition. Other potential causes include high salt levels, allergic reactions, side effects of medications, injuries, and autoimmune diseases.”
The term for King Charles’ ‘sausage fingers’ is “dactylitis,” a medical term for severe swelling affecting fingers and toes. Despite this, King Charles humorously addresses his hands. In a letter after Prince William’s birth, he reportedly wrote, “He really does look surprisingly appetising and has sausage fingers just like mine.” The Queen, in a letter after Charles’ birth, commented on the size of his hands, noting they were large with fine, long fingers, unlike hers or his father’s.
During his significant Coronation, questions about the King’s swollen fingers arose, with speculation about whether he wore only one glove due to his hands. However, it was revealed that this was a traditional aspect of the ceremony. The King has not officially confirmed the cause of his swollen fingers.