Queen Elizabeth II has been dogged by persistent rumours of an upcoming retirement after Prince Charles was revealed to have played a key role in managing the fallout of Prince Andrew's BBC Newsnight interview last month. The Queen, now 93, inherited the throne after the passing of her father, King George VI, in 1952 and has only recently started to scale down her public commitments to pass on some of her duties to other members of the Royal Family. But the response to the Duke of York's interview sparked speculation suggesting Her Majesty may be soon retiring to pass on the crown to the Prince of Wales.
Speaking to CTV News, royal expert Richard Bethelson said: "I myself felt that, after the Duke of Edinburgh retired at 95, it set the way and was a bit of a trial balloon for the Queen to follow suit in a few years.
"She’s about two years away from that now, the Duke of Edinburgh is 98.
"I think the Queen would, if she felt she couldn’t perform the duties to the full extent she would like to do, she would probably feel it would be appropriate for her to either make way for a regency or to out and out abdicate."
Mr Berthelson suggested the ongoing scandal surrounding Prince Andrew could soon precipitate the abdication of the British monarch.
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Queen Elizabeth II is expected to be succeeded by her eldest son Charles (Image: GETTY)
The Queen could join Prince Philip in his retirement, Berthelson claimed (Image: GETTY)
He continued: "The incident with Prince Andrew – I think we may be closer to that.
"The situation has exposed the reality many of us have been saying for some time, since the Diamond Jubilee ended in 2012, that the Prince of Wales is fundamentally running the family now.
"He is fundamentally making all the major decisions, he has been delegated a lot of the travel, most of the ceremonial duties of the monarchy the Queen can delegate."
The royal commentator claimed that having Prince Charles taking major decisions for the Royal Family without giving him a title to match his responsibilities.
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The Queen continued to attend to her duties while she offloaded some of her patronages to other Royal Family members (Image: