The British people want William to take over as King when the Queen dies, according to opinion polls. Confidence in Charles is not great and now he's suggesting Queen Camilla his prestige has dropped even further.
Constitutional experts are certain this cannot be done but Ladbrokes have opened a monarchy betting site with William 2 -1, Charles 10-1, and Anne 100-1. 'Put your money on Charles' declared Neville Starkie whose knowledge of the non-existent Constitution is immense. But random interviews with a cross section of the population, down our pub, reflected a preference for William although the odds didn't look attractive enough. A knowledgeable punter reminded us that in a three horse race the outsider sometimes springs a surprise and Anne is pretty good on a horse.
Both Charles and Anne have divorces that have spoilt their form, whereas William's partner is still with him (as we write) and could have more staying power than other royal partners. It is rumoured Prince Philip is giving her special instructions on how to follow the Monarch and not put your foot in your mouth in the process.
Charles, although healthy looking could leave the stage with an illness or worse, a diplomatic indisposition in Iceland is being considered.
The Queen, still furious with Charles over the 'Diana episode' sees that terrible time returning when Charles steps into her shoes. She could leave instructions in her Will to make sure William takes over after her.
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