The Prince of Wales has notably been stepping up to more prominent royal duties in support of his mother the Queen in recent months. As Her Majesty enters her 68th year on the throne, attention has naturally turned to her heir. However, Charles himself made a decisive move in 2017 that stamped his mark on the way the Palace runs and how the transition of power will take place.
In July 2017, the prince was personally behind the ousting of the Queen’s most senior aide, and trusted aide for ten years, Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt.
The Times reported at the time: “The Queen’s most senior courtier was forced out in a power struggle between Buckingham Palace and the Prince of Wales.
“The unprecedented ousting – the first time the Queen has got rid of her private secretary – was the climax of increasing tensions between the two royal households.
“It came amid differences over how to manage the transition of power between the Queen, who is 91, and her eldest son.
The Queen and Prince of Wales (Image: Getty)
Sir Christopher (back right) with Her Majesty in 2012 (Image: Getty)
“Royal sources said that the prince’s staff were keen to 'accelerate' plans to increase his involvement in key royal events.
“It would, one source said, be ‘to show that he is the king in waiting’.”
The publication added: “Sir Christopher, 56, denies that he was forced out but is said to feel bruised over his treatment and to think that the Queen failed to support him.”
The newspaper also reported that tensions boiled over around the time of the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement.
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Sir Christopher Geidt was ousted by the Prince of Wlae sin 2017 (Image: Getty)
The report continued: “He is said to have infuriated Charles after a speech he gave to 500 royal staff in May.
“Announcing the retirement of the Duke of Edinburgh from public life, Sir Christopher called for the royal households to unite in support of the Queen."
This was reportedly seen as “presumptuous” by the