Queen Elizabeth II’s future as British monarch could hinge on how her health holds up during her Platinum Jubilee, a royal author has claimed Newsweek.
Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip revealedsaid she believed Elizabeth would rule as long as she was fit enough to do so, but that she might be approaching a time when her body would no longer be up to snuff.
The Queen was unable to read her annual speech at the official opening of Parliament on May 10 in her most constitutionally significant canceled engagement since her health scare in October 2021.
Prince Charles stepped in to read it for her, giving Britain a taste of what the future will look like.
Seward said Newsweek“We know how much she would have liked to go to Parliament and it was a very last minute thing. It was significant because she obviously really, really hoped to go.
“I think a lot can depend on how she does with the Jubilee. When you’re that age you have to set goals and her goal is to get through the Jubilee and then see things through.
“If his body really can’t walk anymore, his job really depends on his ability to move.
“The alternative is for her to sit in Windsor Castle and entertain people there. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I just think she would find it so frustrating and very depressing.”
His comments come after it emerged Britons have become more convinced that the Queen should continue to rule even if she is too ill to carry out her official duties.
When asked whether she should stay on or step back, 55% wanted to keep her as monarch, while 32% believed she should make way for her heirs, according to an April 2022 YouGov poll.
The 23-point lead is a 17-point swing in Elizabeth’s favor since June 2020, when 48% wanted her to stay and 42% wanted her out if she got too sick.
Seward said: “People like the idea of her sitting around watching everything on TV while being in charge.
“People still haven’t gotten the idea of Prince Charles being king. That’s what it says.
“There’s that ghost of Diana still hanging around. A lot of people still don’t want Prince Charles, which I find extraordinary and very narrow-minded, but that’s part of the British character.”
Elizabeth’s health problems began in October, when she had to pull out of a visit to Ireland and then the COP26 conference in Glasgow, where she would have met world leaders including President Joe Biden.
Many events and visits have since been canceled, but the official opening of Parliament was particularly significant as it was part of his formal and official function as Head of State.
As such, Prince Charles was only able to step in to take his place through the Regency Act, the same British law that was used when King George III’s sanity declined.
Elizabeth used a slightly different part of the legislation, which only temporarily gave her eldest son the power to override it, but the requirement to invoke the legislation sets this example apart from other events she missed.
Seward is not the first royal commentator to suggest that Elizabeth might genuinely consider making way for her son during her lifetime, but only if it is in the interests of the monarchy.
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Robert Jobson, author of The Century of Prince PhilipTold Newsweek after her October health scare that she could pursue a full regency within the next four or five years.
He said: “If she feels she cannot continue to do the job to the best of her abilities, if she feels in any way that her position will be detrimental to the monarchy as an institution, I don’t I have no doubt she would have him step aside and institute the Regency Act for Prince Charles to enter.
“She would not want the institution to suffer in any way. I am absolutely sure that we are not in that situation yet and I am sure that we will reach the 70th anniversary of her reign, without a doubt.
“My feeling is that we are in uncharted territory.”
However, Elizabeth herself gave no sign of resigning when she posted a special message on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the start of her reign in February.
She said: “As we celebrate this anniversary, it is my pleasure to renew to you the promise I gave in 1947 that my life will always be devoted to your service.”
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