A new report alleging the palace fears Prince Charles is "unfit to be king" could not be more inaccurate. Despite a tabloid story claiming there will be a "succession struggle" because "crafty Queen Elizabeth and vengeful princes William and Harry want to block him from ever becoming king," it's actually Her Majesty who has been her son Charles's biggest supporter. See Gossip Cop's fact-check below.
According to the National Enquirer, Prince Charles has been "eagerly awaiting the day his 92-year-old mother, Elizabeth, steps aside so he can rule England." But, asserts the supermarket tabloid, the queen "has long refused to give in." A sentence later the magazine contends Queen Elizabeth "favors" Prince William, who she's supposedly been grooming "to take over after her death."
Gossip Cop will briefly stop here and explain a few points about succession to the British royal throne. The eldest heir is always the first in line to take over after the death of the reigning monarch. No one just "steps aside" for their kids (and most especially their grandchildren) to take over. Under the rules of royal accession, it's possible a monarch's child can assume responsibilities as "regent" if the king or queen is incapacitated in some manner. As for the assertion that Queen Elizabeth is going to make Prince William the next king of England, that's nothing more than tabloid nonsense. Under the Settlement Act of 1701, for any change in succession, Parliament would have to enact a new law.
Now that we've shown how the publication's premise is utterly absurd and contrary to British law, let's examine some more of the outlet's falsehoods. To feebly lend credence to its story, the magazine maintains, "The queen thinks Charles is going senile and is unfit to rule" because in the past, for example, he has "admitted he like to talk to plants." Also, without furnishing any proof whatsoever, the tabloid simply states, "William shows particular contempt toward his father... and feels he, not Charles, is 'No. 1 in the royal pecking order.'"
Far from having contempt for his dad, during the documentary, "Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70," which aired on the BBC last week, Prince Harry and Prince William heaped praise on Prince Charles, who's a hero with a "big heart" to them. As for the claim the queen is concerned about her son "going senile," the famous remarks the future king made about he likes to "talk to the plants" were from a 1986 interview in which he was just 37 years old and of sound mind. And while he acknowledged then how people thought he was "potty" for saying that, scientists now believe Prince Charles was right, and one should talk to their plants for good health.
If anything, Queen Elizabeth's oldest is most certainly gearing up to be king. Prince Charles was the busiest royal in 2017, attending 546 engagements compared to Prince William's 117 events last year. More significantly, in a speech Queen Elizabeth gave at Prince Charles's 70th birthday party on Wednesday at Buckingham Palace, she said with pride, "I have seen Charles become... a great charitable leader, a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history." Those are hardly the words of someone trying to "block" him from the throne or who feels he's "unfit to be king."
It should be noted the Enquirer is often wrong about the royals. Eight months ago, for instance, the tabloid published a wholly fictitious cover story that swore up and down Prince William and Kate Middleton were being crowned king in queen in a "secret succession." In that article, which Gossip Cop exclusively debunked, it was maintained there was a plan by the leaders of the Commonwealth to "seize power" in a "palace coup," and "set up the abdication" of Queen Elizabeth. It was also alleged they would "oust" Prince Charles because he was "unfit to rule," and then make Prince William the new king of England.
Of course, far from throwing a "palace coup" to "oust" the Prince of Wales, four weeks after the magazine's bogus cover story, the Commonwealth leaders backed Prince Charles to one day succeed his mother as the head of its 53 nations. Just one day before the vote, Her Majesty once again endorsed her son, saying it was her "sincere wish" that he should "carry on the important work started by my father in 1949."
Conclusion: There are no fears within the palace that Prince Charles is "unfit to be king." On the contrary, this past week Queen Elizabeth called him a "respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history." Additionally, there are no plans to "block him from ever becoming king." No one, including the queen or Prince William, has any desire to upend the laws of succession.
The premise that the queen thinks Prince Charles is "going senile" is provably false. And by his own words, the Duke of Cambridge adores and supports his dad. What's more, the magazine has been busted previously floating this erroneous narrative about Prince William leapfrogging his father to the throne. For those reasons and many more enumerated above, Gossip Cop is giving the article a zero out of 10 on our fact-or-fiction meter.