Kate Middleton has not been named the "new queen," nor has Prince William been tapped to be the next king, despite a report. Gossip Cop can correct this claim, which is on the cover of one of those week's tabloids. We're told it's not true.
According to In Touch, "multiple insiders" contend Queen Elizabeth has "hand-selected her successors, and it isn't her son Prince Charles" and his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles. The tabloid's supposed "source" maintains, "She'd rather pass on the throne to the new generation of royals, Kate and William." And the magazine's tipster asserts their "coronation is going to be a $500 million event."
The publication's alleged "source" claims the queen feels Prince William and Middleton "both have all the right attributes to succeed her." As opposed to Prince Charles, who had an affair with Parker Bowles, Her Majesty is happy her grandson and his wife are "remarkably scandal-free." Additionally, notes the outlet, it doesn't hurt that Prince William and Middleton are enormously popular.
The purported "source" goes on to assert that Queen Elizabeth, who's 92, "thinks Charles is too old to take on the throne." "It makes more sense for William to go straight to being king," says the seemingly phony insider. And while upset, "there's nothing Charles can say that will change his mother's mind," adds the ill-informed tipster.
In reality, Queen Elizabeth has always wanted her eldest son to succeed her. Back in April, Prince Charles was named the next head of the Commonwealth after his mother told the other leaders it was her "sincere wish" that Prince Charles "carry on the important work started by my father in 1949," and which she has done since his death in 1952. And with the hundreds of events and engagements Prince Charles attends every year, often on behalf of the queen, he's clearly still being groomed to be the next king.
Moreover, as opposed to the sometimes inaccurate American tabloid, the British press this week has been writing about how Queen Elizabeth may step down in three years at the age of 95 and transfer her executive powers to Charles, who would assume the role of Prince Regent until after her death, at which point he would be king. Significantly, as Gossip Cop has previously mentioned, the succession to the British throne is based on very specific rules and regulations, and even if Queen Elizabeth wanted to make Prince William king instead of Prince Charles (which she does not want to do), Parliament would have to enact a law to allow that to happen. Her Majesty can't simply say she wants her grandson to leapfrog Prince Charles to the crown.
It should also be pointed out that, despite In Touch claiming on its cover how "it's official" Prince William and Middleton are becoming the new king and queen, there's been no announcement of the sort. Nor has there been talk about a $500 million coronation. A Kensington Palace staffer, who's not authorized to comment on the record about the tabloid's tale, assures Gossip Cop the article is untrue.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.