By Emma Dooney
Meghan Markle's wedding dressmaker has suggested that Prince Charles should pass down the British Throne to Prince William when the Queen dies.
- Meghan Markle's wedding dressmaker has suggested Prince William, rather than Prince Charles, should become the King of England when the Queen dies.
- Prince Charles is next in line to assume the British throne, a role some critics believe would be better suited to his 38-year-old son.
- In other royal news, Princess Diana's former butler gives stark warning to Prince Harry after 'self-destructive' interviews.
Chloe Savage, who worked on the embroidery of Meghan Markle's wedding dress in 2015, has shared her candid thoughts on Prince Charles becoming King—and they're not exactly favorable.
The Prince of Wales is expected to inherit the Crown when the Queen dies, thereby assuming the role of the UK head of state. His younger sister, the Princess Royal, should be next to assume the throne, but archaic laws have made that impossible. The reason why Princess Anne is 14th in line can be linked to an old-fashioned rule about women in the line of succession, which is fortunately no longer in place for female royals born today.
The British monarch undertakes some serious business during their reign, including constitutional and representational duties which have evolved over the past thousand years.
It's a major responsibility—and not everyone thinks Prince Charles is up for the job. Some skeptics have even suggested he should abdicate the lofty title to his firstborn, Prince William, who is believed to be more popular with the British public.
"Maybe it's better to pass it straight on," Chloe told Insider. "They're [Prince William and Kate Middleton] younger and more in touch with the people."
"It might be quicker and simpler to give Kate and William a long run at the job, rather than have two very quick successions," she added.
Chloe's not alone in her stance. According to a recent Newsweek poll, 58 percent of Brits would rather see Prince William as King compared to 23 percent for Prince Charles. 19 percent of the pollers said they were undecided.
The reason behind this contrast in popularity remains unclear, but some royal experts believe it may hark back to Prince Charles's reputation during his marriage to Princess Diana. The Queen's son was involved in a series of scandals throughout the relationship, many of which focused on his secret affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles. He has since repeatedly been branded as unfit to become King, with both conservative and liberal media outlets regularly doubting his abilities to take on the colossal promotion.
On the other hand, the Duke of Cambridge has led a relatively scandal-free life in the public eye. Prince William is often lauded as a family man despite his busy calendar of royal engagements, striking an 'approachably formal' persona that's resonated nicely with the British people. When he's not caught up in political meetings, he can be seen interacting with different communities or spending time with his three children.
Kate Middleton has also consistently been received well by the public, having fully embraced her duties as the Duchess of Cambridge over the past ten years.
However, it's still unlikely we'll see Prince William assume the throne any time soon. After almost 70 years of waiting to wear that coveted crown, the chances of Prince Charles abdicating are zero-to-none.
"It isn't the way monarchy operates, and the fact that this idea is often popular in opinion polls is irrelevant," said royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. "Prince Charles' life has been preparation to be king and this is his eventual destiny. He would never give it up."
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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