PRINCE CHARLES and the Royal Family are currently dealing with the fallout of Prince Andrew’s interview on his relationship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Now one source claims the way the Duke of York’s brother has handled the situation has proved Charles to be a “Shadow King”.
Prince Charles has recently taken on increased responsibility in the Royal Family. The Prince took the place of his father Prince Philip next to Queen Elizabeth II during the State Opening of Parliament and was selected to replace the monarch for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2019. Now, the Prince of Wales has allegedly played a key advisory role as the Royal Family navigates fallout from the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
What will Prince Charles be like as King?
Prince Charles has allegedly given the Royal Family a glimpse of what he would be like as King amid the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
Earlier this month, the Duke of York sat down for an interview with BBC Newsnight, in which he denied accusations he had sexual encounters with alleged Jeffrey Epstein Victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was just 17-years-old.
Critics and royal commentators widely regarded the interview a “car crash”, and Prince Charles allegedly proved his mettle in handling the aftermath.
Prince Charles with the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament (Image: GETTY)
Following the interview, Prince Andrew announced he would be indefinitely standing down from royal duties.
The Prince’s decision came after “ongoing discussions” with senior members of The Firm, including the Queen and Prince Charles.
Charles reportedly told the Queen: “Andrew has to go….it is the only way”.
One royal source told The Sun Charles is now known as the “Shadow King”, and he demonstrated he could be “decisive” leading the Royal Family.
Prince Charles recently returned from a royal tour (Image: GETTY)
They said: “The scandal surrounding Andrew and Epstein gave Charles an opportunity to step in to show that he can run The Firm.”
“No one is bigger than the institution of the royal family.
“Not even Andrew, the Queen’s favourite son.
“Charles recognised that and acted decisively — like the king he may well soon be.”
The Royal Family on the balcony during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (Image: GETTY)
The source added: “This was the moment when Charles stepped up as Prince Regent, the Shadow King.”
Prince Charles recently returned from a royal trip to New Zealand and the Solomon Islands and has immediately headed to discuss the Epstein scandal with his father, Prince Philip.
According to Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English, the Prince headed straight to the Sandringham Estate for talks with the Duke of Edinburgh.
Charles is expected to ask Prince Philip what the Royal Family’s next steps should be with the allegations.
Prince Charles is said to want a slimmed-down monarchy in the future, with a focus on himself, his wife Camilla and his sons.
He demonstrated during the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee, when royal attendees were Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
They were the only royals present alongside the Queen on the famed Buckingham Palace balcony during the Royal Air Force fly-by.
The celebration was a stark difference from the previous Golden Jubilee, which saw the same balcony crammed with two-dozen members of the Royal Family.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK