Prince Charles has to ‘take on new role’ says royal insider
Prince Charles has become the "patriarch" of the Royal Family in the wake of Prince Philip's passing, according to royal expert Robert Jobson. The expert also addressed the increasing level of responsibilities the Prince of Wales has been taking on in recent years.
Appearing on ABC's podcast The Heir Pod, Mr Jobson said: "The Prince of Wales will step up, in a way he’s already been doing that for the past five years, but now he truly is the patriarch of the family because the Duke of Edinburgh is dead".
Royal author Omid Scobie, who leads the podcast, said Charles is "almost between roles now".
To which Mr Jobson replied: "I mean I say quasi-king, but they’d hate that of course, but you’ve got to try and spell it out to a wider audience.
"The fact is the Queen doesn’t do state visits anymore, so when Prince Charles goes to America say, he’ll be representing the Queen – that’s pretty much a state visit even though it’s technically not."
Prince Charles and the Queen during the State Opening of Parliament in 2017
The Queen sat alone during the funeral
Mr Jobson acknowledged there is "scope for a change" in Prince Charles's duties, arguing the Queen could pass on more of her work to her firstborn.
However, he believes the sovereign would never abdicate, as she is still bound to the pledge of lifetime service she made to the country and the Commonwealth when she was only 21.
The royal expert sparked abdication fears in 2014, when he first reported sources saying the Queen intended to make Prince Charles a Prince Regent after her 95th birthday, making the Prince of Wales a king in all but name.
Last October, he stood by this claim, saying he still firmly believed the Queen would eventually pass on most of her duties to her son.
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Prince Charles and the Queen photographed in late March
However, other royal experts believe the sovereign is likely to carry on with her duties until she passes away.
Dr Anne Whitelock, a royal historian, told Channel 5 documentary, 'The Queen: Duty before Family?': "I think there is no chance of the Queen abdicating.
She added: "She simply has a sense of duty and needing to ultimately trump personal difficulty and personal emotion."
Prince Charles has become the patriarch of the Royal Family - expert
Prince Charles led the funeral procession on Saturday
Royal author Angela Levin said: "She seems so strong and confident she might just carry on."
More recently, sources told The Times it is unlikely Prince Charles will take on more of the Queen's duties in a "soft regency".
At the moment, the Prince of Wales' main duties carried out on behalf of the sovereign are foreign tours, as the Queen stopped travelling abroad in late 2015, and the laying of the wreath at the Cenotaph during the National Service of Remembrance.
Prince Charles has also stepped in more than once, much like Princess Anne and Prince William, to carry out investiture ceremonies over the past few years.
Prince Philip and the Queen got married in November 1947
And, during the pandemic, he held a few official meetings with world leaders - including French President Emmanuel Macron.
However, the Queen has also continued to carry out meetings with foreign dignitaries and diplomats during the pandemic, albeit via video link.
She also continues to receive the Government's red box with official state papers and to hold, on a weekly basis, audiences with the Prime Minister.
On the day of Prince Philip's funeral, Prince Charles and his sister Anne led the procession, walking behind the Duke's coffin.
Prince Charles and Princess Anne during the procession
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Breaking with tradition, the Queen chose to follow the other 29 attendees in a car, accompanied only by her trusted lady-in-waiting.
She then walked inside St George's Chapel alongside the Dean of Windsor - but only after having looked back at her husband's coffin one last time.
During the service, much of which had been planned by the Duke himself, the Queen sat several feet away from other royals, in accordance with the Government guidelines on coronavirus.
Prince Charles and Camilla sat opposite her, while Prince Andrew was the closest to the monarch, standing two metres away from her.