What explanation does Polonius give for Hamlet's apparent insanity? Why would the King prefer this explanation to be true?

Act 2 Scene 2

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Polonius tells the king and queen, in a very roundabout way, that he has discovered Hamlet’s foiled love of Ophelia, and that he believes this lost love to be the root cause of Hamlet’s madness. Claudius prefers this explanation to anything that involves his relationship with Hamlet's mother.