The Queen could step down from the throne when she reaches the age of 95, allowing Charles to reign as regent in three years, according to a new biography.
Queen Liz promised to serve her country for the rest of her life when she was coronated in 1953, but we could have a King sooner than we expected.
A new book by veteran royal correspondent, Robert Jobson, suggests Her Majesty might pass on her duties when she reaches the ripe old age of 95.
Charles was officially appointed as the Queen’s successor as Head of the 53 Commonwealth countries earlier this year.
In a speech at Buckingham Palace to the Commonwealth leaders, The Queen said:
It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity to future generations, and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949.
There was one famous and explosive abdication which took place before The Queen, with her uncle, Edward VIII.
The historical abdication, making the Queen’s father George V the monarch, ‘haunted’ the royal family and Elizabeth II remains committed to her duty to the nation.
Royal commentator, Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk, Charles’ ‘whole life has been in preparation for kingship’ and The Queen will want succession to occur ‘naturally’.
The MailOnline reports the new biography also reveals details of Charles’ alleged concerns about marrying Princess Diana, saying he knew it was a ‘massive mistake’.
Despite realising the incompatibility, the book reveals breaking off the engagement ‘would have been cataclysmic’ and he described himself as being ‘permanently between the devil and deep blue sea’.
Years later, he weeped to friends, saying:
I desperately wanted to get out of the wedding in 1981, when during the engagement I discovered just how awful the prospects were.
The book has many other revelations, including Charles’ dismay at not being included in his sons’ 2017 documentary about Diana, Harry’s supposed meltdown ahead of his wedding to Meghan Markle, and Charles’ distain for Tony Blair.
Charles’ opinions against burka bans, US evangelicalism, and the lobbying power of giant American corporations also becomes clear in the book.
Jobson explains how Prince Charles is haunted by sadness over the doomed marriage to Diana, to this day.
The Queen and Prince Charles appear to have a very close relationship, and on her 92nd birthday, shared a joke on stage.
Addressing his mother, he first referred to her as ‘Your Majesty’ before comedically pausing and correcting himself to ‘mummy’, prompting a roar of laughter from the star-studded crowd at her birthday concert.
Charles said in his speech:
I have a feeling that in 1948 when you were 22, you didn’t somehow expect, at your 92nd birthday, to find your son in his 70th year – just able still to raise a small Hip, Hip.
Would you all give Her Majesty three unbelievably rousing cheers on her birthday.
If she does abdicate, I just keep thinking how long it’ll take to change all the coins and notes to his face when he’s not even going to be King for that long.
Ah well, not my problem.
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