Queen ‘to retire in 18 months’ to hand duties to Charles

Prince Charles to take over from the Queen

Queen Elizabeth is reportedly handing over her duties to her son Charles, the Prince of Wales, when she turns 95.

Prince Charles is preparing to take over leadership of the Royals when the Queen turns 95, it has been reported.

Prince Charles and the Queen
Prince Charles to take over from the Queen

The Queen’s oldest son met with his father at Sandringham yesterday to discuss the continuing fallout from his brother’s disastrous TV interview about his links to Jeffry Epstein.

Prince Charles’ key role in ‘retiring’ Prince Andrew from public life has fed speculation he is preparing to become ‘shadow King’, which would see him control day-to-day royal affairs while his mother remains monarch.

Her Majesty will turn 95 in 18 months – the same age at which her husband Prince Philip withdrew from his public duties. There is talk among courtiers that she may use the milestone to allow her son to become Prince Regent, the Sun reports.

Prince Charlies is rumoured to be stepping in as ‘Prince Regent’ in 18 months if the Queen retires.

The Royal Family
The Royal Family on the balcony

It is believed he met with his father Prince Philip to discuss the plan yesterday. A royal source told the paper: ‘The scandal surrounding Andrew and Epstein gave Charles an opportunity to step in to show that he can run The Firm. No one is bigger than the institution of the Royal Family. Not even Andrew, the Queen’s favourite son.

‘Charles recognised that and acted decisively — like the king he may well soon be. This was the moment when Charles stepped up as Prince Regent, the Shadow King.’

The Queen has been gradually reducing the number of public engagements she attends from 332 in 2016 to a 283 in 2018. The Prince of Wales has been on an official tour of New Zealand but headed straight for the Queen’s Norfolk estate when he landed yesterday.

It is believed Charles will also be discussing the fall out from Prince Andrew’s car crash Epstein interview. Prince Andrew has ‘no recollection’ of meeting sexual abuse claimant.

Philip, 98, spends most of his time at Wood Farm, a small residence on the estate. It is believed that Charles will seek his father’s advise  over what the family should do next amid continued scrutiny over Prince Andrew’s links to billionaire paedophile Jeffry Epstein.

The Duke of York appeared on Newsnight earlier this month to discuss his controversial friendship, in what was described as a ‘car crash interview’.

Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew interviewed

Since then, he has been asked to take a step back from public duties while many charities he was a patron of have chosen to distance themselves from him.

It is been reported that Charles wants Andrew to ‘permanently retire’ from his royal role. It comes after it emerged that Prince William was reported to be involved in the decision to sack the Duke of York.

The second in line to the throne is said to believe that the decision to get Andrew to withdraw from public duties was ‘the right thing to do’.

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Written by Louise

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