Prince Charles: Is he becoming 'Prince Regent' now that the Queen is stepping back from royal duties?

Prince Charles has been filling in for the Queen on many occasions due to her mobility issues, however, he is far from becoming Prince Regent.

Is Prince Charles becoming ‘Prince Regent’?
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Is Prince Charles becoming ‘Prince Regent’?

A royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has dismissed the claims by Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage that Prince Charles is ‘effectively becoming Prince Regent.’ This came after her majesty’s roles were rewritten and Prince Charles took up a more significant role in royal engagements.

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No chance!

Nigel Farage made the comment earlier this year as the Opening of Parliament was conducted by Prince Charles and Prince William instead of the 96-year-old monarch, confirms Mirror.

However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has recently dismissed the claims as ‘gossip.’ He said:

That is gossip. A Regent is if the Queen was incapacitated, that is the period that you have a Regency.
You saw that with George III, as George VI was made Regent.
Prince Charles with Her Majesty Max Mumby

He added:

The Queen is mentally totally alert and carrying out duties, albeit changed duties. I don’t see this as a possibility. We will have to see, of course, what is going to happen in the future.

Pointing out a key aspect of the Parliament Opening, he said:

When Charles opened Parliament, you saw that there was a crown, and he was not on the throne.
He was on the Council throne, so there is no possibility of that at the moment.

So, the claims that Prince Charles may effectively become Prince Regent may not hold much truth to them.

Prince Charles, Camilla and Her Majesty Max Mumby

The other side

While the claims have been dismissed, it is not to be overlooked how Prince Charles is filling in for Her Majesty on many royal engagements. Apart from missing the high-profile events like the State Opening of the Parliament, the recent Balmoral Welcome ceremony was also altered to make it more comfortable for the Queen.

Instead of the traditional way of doing it, a small private ceremony was held that further intensified doubts about her capability of fulfilling her duties as Head of State.

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