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It’s been a rough several weeks for Queen Elizabeth, what with having to deal with the backlash and fallout of Prince Andrew’s disastrous interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. The Queen had to get her son to back out of public life and perhaps the damage control took a toll because there are now reports that she may be following suit.

Having been head of the British Royal Family for so long, she’s been able to handle anything thrown her way. But even she couldn’t have known how badly Andrew’s interview was going to go. People reported she relied on Prince William, and her eldest son and future King, Prince Charles, for “advice and counsel,” which may be a sign that she’s ready to relinquish the reins — and reign — and give Charles his time to shine.

In the biography, Charles at Seventy, Robert Jobson wrote that Her Majesty would soon give Charles the “full power to reign.” And a senior aide reportedly told Jobson that “the Queen has given the matter of her passing considerable thought and believes, that, if she is still alive at ninety-five she will consider passing the reign to Charles.” A spokesman from Prince Charles’s office, however, informed People that there are no plans to change the current arrangements — “at the age of 95, or any other age.”

Buckingham Palace also hasn’t commented, but history deems that the Queen passing down the monarchy to Charles might not even be possible. “The Queen can’t just wave a queen wand and say Charles you are my regent (a.k.a. someone appointed to rule because the monarch is unable),” royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith told the mag. “It’s not her call – and it’s not his call.”

 

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But if the 93-year-old does start to show signs of wanting to slow down, the best-case scenario for Her Maj might simply be to pass more and more responsibilities down to other Royal Family members, cut back on the engagements and try and enjoy some downtime, whether it’s on her own or with her retired husband, Prince Philip. But despite already giving up many of her royal duties, The Queen is not only still standing, she remains one of the busiest working royals.

Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty, pointed out the obvious: “It is uncharted territory — in that we have never had a monarch who has lived as long. So there is no precedent.” So if The Queen wants to consider a regency, who’s to really say she can’t? There’s no one arguing that she doesn’t deserves the break. At this point, if she wants to pass down the crown, we think she should be able to do so.

 

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