PRINCE GEORGE will never be King, a royal expert claimed in a throwback analysis.
Former BBC Royal Correspondent Christopher Lee boldly claimed Prince William and Kate’s eldest child George will never wear the crown for a myriad of reasons. In an article for the News Statesman in 2013, he argued the monarchy will not exist by the time the third-in-line to the throne is ready to become King. He claimed the popularity of the monarchy is currently much down to the Queen herself, her longevity and her air of mystery, while her successor Prince Charles is far less popular.
Therefore, he argued that, while polling indicates the monarchy is still generally supported, this is only because people are not disentangling the Queen from the institution itself.
The expert wrote: “Voting for a monarchy is supporting an institution. Voting for the sovereign is quite a different X-factor.
“The sovereign is a celebrity and celebrity is everything. The Queen is probably among the top ten brand images in the world.
“Oddly, and in spite of general perceptions, the world has only a superficial view of the Queen, unlike her children and grandchildren who are gossip fodder – two open adulterers, two sons of a serial adulterer.
Prince George will “never be King” according to royal expert (Image: GETTY)
The Queen was coronated in 1953, a year after her accession to the throne (Image: GETTY)
“This is the very stuff of the British monarchy. The Queen is different.”
Mr Lee claimed because of this, when Charles becomes King the institution will suffer.
Not only this, he added, but inevitable changes within “other great institutions” will bring questions up about the monarchy.
For example, he argued eventually the Church of England will become disestablished from parliamentary control and that the monarch, as the Supreme Governor of the Church, will lose an instrument of the state.
Charles and Camilla are less popular than the Queen and Philip (Image: GETTY)
What’s more, with constitutional reform on the cards, such as House of Lords reform, the government may question the role of the monarch’s My Government Will speech.
Then, there is the role of the monarch and the Commonwealth, which he argued will also decline.
Mr Lee claimed when the Queen dies, there is evidence to suggest that Canada and Australia will vote for Republicanism, and that others will follow.
He concluded: “The monarch’s symbolic role within that association of a quarter of the world’s states will be reduced.”
Kate and William may be less popular by the time William is to become King (Image: GETTY)
Kate and William with their two elder children George and Charlotte (Image: GETTY)
Finally, Mr Lee argued the role of the Royal Family as a whole will be increasingly scrutinised.
Public opinion shows little support for more minor royals, such as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
More recently, of course, the scandal of the Duke of York and his friendship with convicted paedofile Jeffrey Epstein, along with accusations of his own sexual impropriety, have indeed led to questions being asked about the role of the wider Royal Family.
Mr Lee then focused on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge specifically.
He argued, while they are now more appealing to younger people, by the time William takes the throne, he will at least be middle-aged and perhaps their image of being ‘a breath of fresh air’ will have ebbed away.
On Prince George himself, he wrote: “On similar actuarial evidence, George could be well into his sixties before crowning – certainly 60 years from now.
“Here is the earth in the debate over royalty’s future.”
In conclusion, he asserted the modern world is a rapidly changing one, where institutions that previously relied on the monarchy are now adatping, changing or disappearing.
Prince George with his little sister Charlotte (Image: GETTY)
He wrote: “During the next 60 years that national identity and what matters to it will undergo the most radical change of all.
“The monarchy will simply go out on the ebb of that identity change.
“When it does, the tide will not turn in its favour’
“The monarchy will have served its purpose and there will be no crown, even a hollow one, for George to be impatient to wear.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK