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With Queen’s failing health, is Prince Charles indeed the KING? Royal experts rush to stop speculation

BALMORAL, LONDON: The Queen is here to stay! In recent times, the monarch has suffered from several mobility problems, even forcing her to use a cane. Whether it’s this, or that she contracts Covid-19 at the age of 95. These recurring issues have forced her to relax and mix up some of her responsibilities as Your Highness. However, it sparked rumors that Prince Charles was “effectively becoming Prince Regent”. Well, that’s not happening and the same has been confirmed by a royal expert.

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As his mother’s health began to deteriorate, Prince Charles took on some of the responsibilities for the Queen’s safe sailing. As she is currently on holiday in Balmoral, London, her traditional welcome had to be altered for comfort. The most senior monarch usually visits Balmoral Palace to inspect the military unit, but this time the protocol had to be changed, keeping in mind the queen’s mobility issues. This was another instance where the Queen’s health became a factor affecting her public appearance. So, does this mean the queen is passing the torch to her son? Not quite. According to the Express, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams thinks otherwise.

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Fitzwilliams was quick to refute rumors about the Queen’s health. He told Express: “It’s gossip. A regent is if the queen was incapacitated, that’s the period you have a regency. You saw it with George III, like George VI has been appointed Regent. The Queen is mentally fully alert and carrying I don’t see that as a possibility. We will have to see, of course, what happens in the future.”

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to officially open the new Thames Hospice building on July 15, 2022 in Maidenhead, England (Kirsty O’Connor-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Charles replaces the Queen

Times have changed and the Queen is indeed aging. She has actively reduced her public appearances, which only makes sense given her age. She also did not attend the recent Commonwealth Games and was instead represented by Prince Charles. And although she attended her platinum jubilee celebrations in early June, she had to skip some duties. As a result, Prince Charles had to step in and replace his mother, taking on additional responsibilities.

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The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, looks at a model of a Seafarers Memorial Group memorial on July 29, 2022 in Wick, Scotland.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, looks at a model of a Seafarers Memorial Group memorial on July 29, 2022 in Wick, Scotland (Andrew Milligan – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Buckingham Palace reduced or scrapped some of the official appointments the Queen fills in an annual review last year, as the official opening of Parliament was scrapped. It was also the first time in nearly a decade that the Palace’s annual report had to change or modify the Queen’s duties. Either way, the 96-year-old monarch is active, alert, healthy and here to stay.

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