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Queen to 'retire' in 18 months so Prince Charles can assume power after his king-like leadership in the Prince Andrew scandal, claims report

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, is reportedly consulting with his father Prince Philip about taking control of the royal family's affairs
UPDATED FEB 12, 2020
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles (Source: Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles (Source: Getty Images)

The heir to the throne, Prince Charles, met his father Prince Philip at Sandringham yesterday, November 27, in order to discuss the fallout from Prince Andrew's disastrous interview. 

It has been widely reported that he is preparing to take over leadership from his parents when the Queen turns 95.

The Prince of Wales played a major role in the firing of Prince Andrew from his royal duties which have led to the speculation that he is prepping to adopt a modern "Prince Regent" role where he could control the daily royal business as the Queen remains the monarch. 

Queen Elizabeth II will be turning 95 in 18 months which is the same age at which her husband Prince Philip stepped back from his public duties. It has been reported that it is likely that the Queen will use her turning 95 to hand over the day-to-day control of the royal family to her son Prince Charles. 

The Queen could be looking to pass on the day-to-day functioning of the royal family to Prince Charles (Getty Images)

According to a report by The Sun, a source revealed, "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 favorite son. Charles recognized 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 source added.

Over the last few years, the Queen has slowly been reducing the number of public engagements she takes part in — from attending 332 in 2016 to 283 in 2018.

Many courtiers are of the opinion that ever since Prince Philip, who used to rule the family with an iron fist, retired, the "discipline" within the family has just not been the same. 

It has also been reported that Prince Charles will be looking to seek Prince Philip's counsel over what steps the royal family should take next.