In recent weeks, several reports have claimed that Queen Elizabeth planned to retire at the age of 95 in April 2021 and become his heir, Charles, Prince Regent of the United Kingdom. However, a royal insider insists that the rumors are not true and that this story sounds “more like a plot of The Crown”.
An unidentified source told Vanity Fair that despite information to the contrary, Queen Elizabeth has no intention of giving up her power to her son in order to be able to retire in private life with her husband, Prince Philip. And she certainly will not do Charles Prince Regent, which means that he would assume daily control of the monarchy as long as the queen was still alive.
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Buckingham Palace has denied all this, with a royal official saying, “There is no sign of passing or retiring.” A spokesman for Prince Charles echoed this sentiment, saying that he there was no plan for a transition of responsibilities. Not when the queen turns 95, and at no age.
Nevertheless, Charles’s homework continues to increase as his mother approaches the end of his reign, and has dramatically reduced the number of his public appearances in recent years. Charles regularly speaks for his mother, as he did this week when he presented the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles also joined Queen Elizabeth and other prominent members of the Royal Family on Tuesday as they welcomed NATO leaders to the palace. Of course, Prince Andrew was not part of that meeting because he had been forced to withdraw from the royal family because of his disastrous BBC interview on the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
Although Prince Andrew has been in the news in recent days and largely eclipses the philanthropic efforts of the House of Commons in Windsor, insiders say that Queen Elizabeth is doing well and doing well. One of his assistants recently described the monarch as “in a remarkable spirit, considering all things”.
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“What you’ve seen and seen in recent weeks is an example of how the institution works,” said a royal source. “The Queen can consult with many experienced counselors. She has this great advantage. but consultation should not be seen as a desire to hand over one’s power. “
The source added that there seems to be a belief that the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew indicates that a big change is coming in the royal family. But it’s not. And the queen still leads “firmly” the royal family.
Prince Charles biographer Robert Jobson still believes that a regency is possible and the queen will yield things to Charles while retaining his title. In any case, Jobson says that the most important thing is to “maintain the strength and integrity of the institution”.
“If she feels her age is somehow moving forward on the institution, she will make some changes,” Jobson said.
The palace’s assistants continue to insist that a regency will never happen, and one source said so, saying “it’s more of a crown plot than the truth.”
The three seasons of The Crown currently broadcast on Netflix.