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Prince Charles or Prince William: Who Is Next in Line for the Throne?

We address those false news articles that have been circulating the internet.
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Yesterday, social media was abuzz with news of Queen Elizabeth naming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the next King and Queen of the United Kingdom. The story by Life & Style was picked by other news sources such as Yahoo! and Closer Weekly, and readers around the world were shaken by the headline: “William & Kate Will Officially Be King & Queen,” saying the monarchy will skip Prince Charles in the line of succession. The news turned out to be false and many of those stories were taken down.

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With Prince William's popularity fluctuating in the past few months, it begs the question, can Queen Elizabeth assign him as next in line to the throne instead of his father? The monarchy just doesn’t work that way. It’s impossible for the Queen to skip Prince Charles’ reign since the line of succession is fixed and the reigning monarch cannot choose the heir, as are the rules of a monarchy.

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Still, it’s been reported that Parliament has the power to control the succession if needed. Parliamentary sovereignty or parliamentary supremacy, which identifies the Parliament as the supreme governing body in the United Kingdom, dictates that it can create or end any law, which includes assigning a reigning monarch.

But we must remember that Prince Charles has been groomed to take over this position for much longer than Prince William. He’s been training to take on the role for over 60 years, while his son and the Duchess of Cambridge have little experience in being full-time royals. Prince William only left his job as an air ambulance pilot last month to become a full-time royal. So, while news of his taking the throne sooner than expected might have thrilled some people, many think he’s not quite ready for that big role.

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h/t: Royal Central

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