Is King Charles preparing to abdicate the throne?
Despite the scare over Kate Middleton's recent hospitalization, she and William remain the future queen and king of England.
And his ascension to the throne may come sooner than they expected.
Charles waited generations to be in charge. Now, he can step down in the not-too-distant future and usher in William's reign.
Who knows King Charles better than his former royal butler?
Paul Burrell worked for Princess Diana for more than a decade, all before her sudden and tragic death in 1997.
According The New York PostBurrell predicts that Charles will hand the crown to William within 10 years.
For now, it is paving the way for William to become king and Kate to become queen before they reach Charles's age of 75.
“I think it will happen in this country,” Burrell suggested.
“I think the king and queen have spent 10 years on this work,” he continued. “I think this is a 10-year plan.”
In Burrell's view, Charles is currently “buying time” and likely has a “10-year plan” before leaving office.
Remember, King Charles was destined to live from the moment he was born.
“I don't think he wants to be king anymore,” Burrell speculated.
He noted that this is a time “when the crowned heads of Europe have discovered that they can hand power to their heirs and watch them become monarchs and enjoy it.”
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“The queen would never have done that,” Burrell acknowledged.
He noted that this was “because she came from a different generation, her whole life was based on being a monarch.”
Burrell went on to add: “But the king will know exactly what to do and he will take a page from Prince Philip's book and say, 'I've done enough' and he will want to do the things he wants to do.”
If King Charles abdicates, how will the public respond?
“I think the country will welcome a new, young king and queen,” Burrell speculated.
“And,” he added, “it will come full circle that Diana's son will be king.”
In particular, Charles is less popular than his son and heir, and less popular than his late mother.
It should be noted that Charles would not be the only nor the first monarch (although he is crazy (of which some still exist) resign to allow a middle-aged heir to take the throne.
After all, just a few weeks ago, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark announced her abdication, during her New Year's speech on December 31, no less. Two weeks later, Crown Prince Frederick ascended the throne.
Many believe that Margaret, 83, simply wanted to see her son become king. And, perhaps, allow a younger generation to guide things, even if only symbolically.
Charles has always had progressive sensibilities for royalty.
Although he is not necessarily a good person, King Charles wants to leave the world a better place.
Perhaps he would also like to see younger minds and faces representing the monarchy.
And Burrell suspects that, when he is about 80, Charles will pass the crown to William.
Are William and Kate ready to become king and queen?
Burrell predicts that the Prince and Princess of Wales will step up their royal duties in the coming years, including this one.
(After Kate recovers from her health problem, of course)
While they fulfill their responsibilities, Charles is able to capitalize on his daughter-in-law's popularity. And William and Kate can show how prepared they are for an eventual abdication.
Evidently, only King Charles knows his plans for the future.
And I could always change my mind. Plans change. Minds change. We live in tumultuous times.
But perhaps the UK can look to the not-too-distant future without Charles in charge.
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