Why People Want William To Be King Instead of Charles
Prince William is next in line to ascend the British throne of royalty after his dad, Prince Charles. However, for years now, public opinion has increasingly tilted toward William becoming the next monarch rather than Charles.
Why is the Duke of Cambridge preferred by many? Does he fancy assuming the throne instead of his father? And who is most likely to enjoy the Queen's backing? Well, read on to find out.
IS PRINCE WILLIAM INTERESTED IN BECOMING KING BEFORE HIS FATHER?
During his childhood, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge was told about his destiny as heir to the throne, and he was thought and groomed in preparation for his future role.
But he had reservations about the job at times. William reportedly told his mom, Princess Diana, that he didn't think he wanted to be king.
A former Newsnight presenter, Mr. Paxman said he was told this by William's mom herself, Princess Diana in 1996, just about a year before her death.
“We talked about our children and she said William often told her that he didn’t really want to be King, and then Harry would say, ‘If you don’t want the job I’ll have it’!”
Mr. Paxman said.
Although the prince was a kid at the time, some have doubted if he does want the throne. But it’s not really an issue of if he desires to take on the position because he will one day.
In any case, William knows fully well what must occur first for that to happen. His grandmother (Queen Elizabeth II) and his father (Prince Charles) have to pass away before he becomes king.
Nobody desires to lose a friend or family member but that is destined to be William's fate before he can be king. So while he may appear a bit hesitant about that day, it does not imply that he won't fulfill the job when it's time.
WHY FANS PREFER A PRINCE WILLIAM'S KINGSHIP THAN A PRINCE CHARLES'
Prince William is significantly more popular than his father and surveys have demonstrated that repeatedly. For years now, Charles and his spouse, Camilla, have strived to become more endearing to the general population.
Yet the latest surveys still demonstrate that almost half of Brits lean toward the crown passing straight to William and skipping Charles.
The survey published by BMG found that 46% of the British public want the next in line for the honored position to be skipped when the queen kicks the bucket. And only 20% of the surveyed population think Camilla should be queen if Charles turns out to be the next king.
It does not look like Charles is eager to abdicate his place because he has effectively spoken about becoming the head of state. At a point, he even vowed that he will not share his political views (because he has been reprimanded for his political views previously).
SO, JUST WHY WOULD THE QUEEN NOT MAKE HER OWN SON THE NEXT KING?
THE FUTURE OF THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR'S IS MORE SECURE WITH A YOUNGER MONARCH
Well, according to Life & Style's unnamed insider, the queen wants to help protect the future of the House of Windsor's with a younger generation at the wheel of the monarchy. The source told journalists:
"Her Majesty realized that William and Kate are the future. She has spent 65 years making sure that the House of Windsor survives, and she sees William and Kate as having the energy and star quality to do the job in a modern world. Queen Elizabeth will always do what is best for the long-term health of the monarchy."
According to the informant, Queen Elizabeth II does not think the monarchy retains the "respect and power it once had," however, she thinks that Prince William and his wife "can turn that around" as king and queen.
CHARLES' EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR WITH BOWLES
According to People, some may believe that Charles' romance with Bowles during his matrimony to Princess Diana could somehow stop him from mounting the throne. But those people would be wrong.
While an extramarital relationship may be frowned upon, there is reportedly nothing that says that it is a ground for termination from the line of succession. Same goes for Prince Charles' divorce from Princess Diana and later marriage to Bowles.
Although divorce may have at some point been considered a taboo, it is no longer seen in such a negative light and it is not different in the royal family, as three of Queen Elizabeth II's four kids have been divorced.
CAN QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHANGE HER SUCCESSOR?
Even if the queen wanted to hand the crown to her grandson instead of her child, she cannot change the law.
According to Reader’s Digest, the 1701 Act of Settlement declares that the monarch’s successor must be a direct heir, which Charles is. And on the grounds of that act by the Parliament, the queen does not have the authority to change it.
Unless Charles somehow failed to meet the requirements, which include being a Protestant. That implies that when the moment arrives, Prince Charles will take over from his mom.
According to royal expert Richard Williams, the public's opinion doesn't matter at all when it comes to who will be the next king. There is a particular rule that the royal family follows when it comes to this matter.
THE CHOICE OF LEADERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
In an April 2018 meeting, Prince Charles is reported to have already been backed by the leaders of the Commonwealth as the queen's successor.
"The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales,"
the leaders announced in a statement at the time.
And even before that statement was issued, the queen had advocated for her son to one day assume the position of the king, saying,
"It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949."
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So, although the public might fancy William becoming the next king, it seems very unlikely. And unless something unforeseen happens, Prince Charles, by all indications, will become king.
Which option do you think is best for the royal family, considering the fact that Prince Charles is now 70 and Prince William is 36?
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