QUEEN ELIZABETH II will choose to bypass first-in-line to the throne Prince Charles in favour of her grandson Prince William, according to broadcaster Sherrie Hewson.
The Queen has been Britain’s longest-serving monarch in history, ruling over the country and leading the Commonwealth for over 67 years since inheriting the throne from her father in 1952. Following a year marred by the scandal surrounding her son Prince Andrew and the growing scrutiny plaguing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, members of the public suggested Her Majesty should consider stepping down. But broadcaster Sherrie Hewson rejected the suggestion as she insisted the Queen should remain on the throne “for as long as she wishes” before passing the crown to grandson Prince William.
Asked whether the Queen should abdicate, Ms Hewson told Jeremy Vine on 5: “Absolutely no.
“If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. I think everybody, even if you are not a royalist, adores the Queen.
“They love her, they think she’s been there 67 years – four years longer than Queen Victoria.”
She continued: “And I think she deserves to be there for as long as she wishes to be there. The time will come, naturally, that she’ll pass it on and I think it will be to Prince William.”
The Queen will bypass Prince Charles in favour of grandson William, Hewson suggested (Image GETTY)
Prince Charles has been the official heir to the throne since 1969, when he was invested as Prince of Wales (Image: GETTY)
Prince William is second-in-line to the throne and is believed to have begun attending meetings at Clarence House with his father and grandmother to prepare for his future role.
Upon the accession of the Prince of Wales, who is traditionally the natural successor of the sovereign, the Duke of Cambridge will take on the title and become the manager of the vast Duchy of Cornwall.
The duchy is now under the control of Prince Charles and consists of 134,000 acres of land crossing over 23 counties in the UK.
Latest estimates suggest the land is currently worth £1billion, with the Prince of Wales earning around £20.5million in 2018 to later invest in his charitable activities. The money generated by the duchy is also used to fund his public activities and private spending for his immediate family.
Queen Elizabeth II has been ruling over the UK since 1952 (Image: GETTY)
In preparation for his future role as king, Prince Charles has attended the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony to lay the commemorative wreath on behalf of the Queen – who has been watching the ceremony from a balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the past three years.
Charles has also been praised for stepping up to advise the Queen on how to respond to the backlash the Duke of York sparked with his BBC Newsnight interview in November, during which Prince Andrew discussed his relationship with convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein.
The Duke of Cambridge has also increased his workload to match the requirements of becoming Prince of Wales. But William himself is expected to wait for his turn on the throne rather than immediately taking over from Charles.
The Duke would inherit the throne only in the case of his father’s death or if the Prince of Wales chose to abdicate.
Prince William and Kate have stepped up preparations for their future roles (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles is the first-in-line to the throne, with son William and grandson George following suit (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)
But according to UCL’s Constitution Unit at the School of Public Policy Prince Charles would be unlikely to relinquish the throne to his son because of the bad effect King Edward VIII’s abdication had on the Royal Family.
Speaking about Charles’ potential abdication, the Constitution Unit said: “That would be a matter for Prince Charles, and for Parliament.
“For the Queen, abdication is said to be unthinkable, for two reasons.
“The first is the bad example of Edward VIII: his abdication brought the Queen’s father onto the throne, unexpectedly and most reluctantly.
“The second is her declaration on her twenty-first birthday that she would serve for her whole life whether it be long or short.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK