A royal insider has opened up about why the Queen will never abdicate in favour of her son Prince Charles, as she’s keen to ‘ride the wave’ of popularity that younger family members have brought to the monarchy.
Speaking to Yahoo News’ series The Royal Box True Royalty TV editor in chief and co-founder and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Nick Bullen, opened up about his years working closely with and observing the royal family.
After producing countless programmes about the royals, including Ant and Dec’s 2015 TV documentary with Prince Charles, Nick is firmly of the opinion that ‘abdication will never happen’ – and not just because of her incredible sense of duty.
‘I think the Queen sees what those boys and their wives bring, I also wonder whether she even throws forward to the great grandchildren,’ he explained.
‘Princess Charlotte, already at the age of 3, knows how to work a crowd. Maybe now through her grandchildren she can see a way of just staying on the crest of that wave.’
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The Queen is enoying the popularity that younger members of the royal family such as the Duchess of Sussex, pictured with Her Majesty in Cheshire in June, bring to the monarchy and is determined to keep ‘riding the wave’, according to royal insider Nick Bullen
She’s only three years old, but Princess Charlotte’s supremely confident nature has helped to given the monarchy a popularity boos (pictured at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October)
Nick said that Prince Charles is more than ready to become King, but believes the royal could easily be 80-years-old by the time it happens.
The “a word” is a really dirty word at the palace. Many people say becoming the King is what ultimately killed her father.
‘Her mother lived to 101. The Queen is there for the long run…she could live for at least another 10 years.
‘She’s seen it all, she’s done it all, she is the ultimate working mother and working woman, and I don’t think she’s going anywhere, anytime soon.’
Prince Charles could be 80-years-old by the time he takes the throne, unless his mother decides to abdicate
In 1936 Edward VIII ascended the throne after the death of his father George V. He made clear his intentions to marry his America mistress Wallis Simpson as soon as her second divorce came through.
It caused a national scandal and the church of England decreed he couldn’t marry a divorcee with two living former husbands.
Wallis went to live in exile in France to escape the pressure, and in December 1936 Edward abdicated so they could marry.
His brother George VI, the Queen’s father, ascended the throne and reigned for 16 years until his death at the age of 56 in 1952.
The Queen’s uncle Edward and his wife Wallis Simpson in 1937. He abdicated less than a year after taking the throne so that he could marry his twice divorced American mistress
Last year, palace sources indicated that plans were afoot which, if implemented, would see Charles appointed King in all but name.
the Queen has told her inner circle that, if she is still on the throne at the age of 95, she will ask for a piece of legislation called the Regency Act to come into force – granting her eldest son full power to reign even while she still lives.
In 2017, Charles was appointed the Queen’s successor as Head of the Commonwealth and she has been increasingly handing over patronages and royal duties to younger family members in recent years.