Queen to retire in 18 months

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

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.

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.

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.

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 Jeffry Epstein.

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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