Royal fury: Queen ‘livid’ over claims Charles would be ‘delighted’ if she abdicated


THE QUEEN was “livid” over the claims Prince Charles would be “delighted” if she abdicated from the throne, after a press leak from his team in 1998.

Mr Jobson said: “In November 1998, a person never identified was responsible for a spectacularly misguided attempt to burnish Charles’ reputation and enforce his position as heir to the throne.

“[It] led instead to the Queen’s ire, necessitating an embarrassing climbdown on the part of her eldest son.

“The Queen was appalled to read that a St James’s Palace aide had asserted that Charles would be ‘privately delighted’ if his mother were to abdicate.

“If true, this was a delight the prince would have been better keeping to himself.

“But the source of the information was a supporter of Charles who no doubt genuinely believed himself to be speaking in the Prince of Wales’ best interest.

“This was an act of treachery as far as the Queen was concerned.

“Livid, she telephoned Charles who was on an official visit to Bulgaria.”

Charles was unaware of the emerging row at the time, but would soon become just as angry as his mother.

Mr Jobson described how the Queen called Charles, who warned “heads would roll” over the mistake.

Mr Jobson continued: “He knew nothing about it but agreed with his mother that a joint statement should be issued in which Charles would stress his ‘abiding admiration and affection for the Queen’.

“Prince Charles insisted that if any of his staff had been guilty, heads would roll.

“Whatever Buckingham Palace suspects, the investigation proved nothing and nobody was hung out to dry.”

The author continues: “A statement was issued rubbishing the notion that Charles had any interest in his mother abdicating.

“It was a joint statement from monarch and heir, the subtext perhaps being that without the Queen’s clout, doubt might still remain.

“What it amounted to was a humiliating public apology from son to mother that the newspapers seized on enthusiastically.”

When Charles does eventually become monarch, some have questioned whether he will be more outspoken than the Queen on various issues affecting the country.

During Prime Minister Tony Blair’s time in Downing Street, for example, Charles lobbied the Labour Government to expand grammar schools, change course on climate change and GM crops, and to introduce complementary medicine on the NHS.

The Guardian reported in 2014 claims by sources close to Charles who also said he would be an outspoken King.

The claims were made in the article titled “Revealed: how Charles III will speak his mind”.

They said: “He will be true to his beliefs and contributions.

“Rather than a complete reinvention to become a monarch in the mould of his mother, the strategy will be to try and continue with his heartfelt interventions, albeit checking each for tone and content to ensure it does not damage the monarchy.Royal Family news: Charles will succeed the Queen

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“Speeches will have to pass the following test: would it seem odd because the Queen wouldn’t have said it or would it seem dangerous?”

But when speaking in a BBC documentary to mark his 70th birthday, Prince Charles said the idea that he would continue making interventions was “nonsense”.

He added that he would have to operate within “constitutional parameters”.

The Prince of Wales said: “It’s vital to remember there’s only room for one sovereign at a time, not two.

“So, you can’t be the same as the sovereign if you’re the Prince of Wales or the heir.

“But the idea, somehow, that I’m going to go on in exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense because the two – the two situations – are completely different.”

Asked whether his public campaigning would continue, he said: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid.”


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