King Charles plans to step down and 'leave show' to William once 'difficult phase' is over
21.11.2023 - 15:11
King Charles is planning to "leave the show" to his eldest son Prince William once this "incredibly difficult transition phase" for the monarchy comes to an end, according to a royal author.
The expert's claims come as the monarch finds himself trying to find solutions to the repercussions of the Firm's ongoing feud with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who made their dramatic exit from the Royal Family in 2020, the Express reports.
During his first few months as King, Charles was left to deal with his youngest son's angry outbursts as the duke took aim at his family during an explosive Netflix docuseries, followed by a series of shocking allegations he made during his tell-all memoir Spare.
Faced with these daunting challenges as the new monarch in his older age, Charles, who turned 75 last week and is the oldest monarch to have ever taken the throne, is likely to have already prepared the grounds for his retirement.
Clive Irving, author of The Last Queen and royal columnist at The Daily Beast, told the Express US: "It may have already been surreptitiously planned that the King will abdicate when he's 80."
He continued: "He [Charles] wants to just have his moment in the limelight for a few years, make sure that William and Harry are carried through what's going to be an incredibly difficult transitional phase for the monarchy.
"And then Camilla can retire to Balmoral and leave the show to William and Princess Kate. I suspect that's what's going to happen."
If Irving's predictions are correct, Charles will only sit on the throne for five years before stepping down to allow the Prince of Wales to take over.
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