Queen Elizabeth will reportedly retire within the next 18 months to make way for Prince Charles to take over her leadership of the Royals. 

The Sun reports that Charles met with his father at Sandringham yesterday to discuss the fallout from his brother, Prince Andrew’s, catastrophic television interview about his links to convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein.

Many believe that Prince Charles, who has played a key role in ‘retiring’ Prince Andrew from public duties, is preparing to become ‘shadow king’, which would require him to control the daily royal affairs while his mother remained Queen.

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Rumours are circulating that the Queen will use her 95th birthday to see her son become Prince Regent.

“The scandal surrounding Andrew and Epstein gave Charles an opportunity to step in to show that he can run The Firm. No one is bigger than the institution of the Royal Family. Not even Andrew, the Queen’s favourite son,” a royal source told the Sun.

“Charles recognised that and acted decisively — like the king he may well soon be. This was the moment when Charles stepped up as Prince Regent, the Shadow King.”

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