BJS Alba sent me this translation of an article (which you may find interesting) taken from El Pais.
Elizabeth II plans a quiet transition with Charles as prince regent.
The plan, according to the British press, is when the 95-year-old queen turns away from the scene and gives way to her heir but without giving up the throne.
Charles de Inglaterra (71 years old) is already preparing to assume the almost full functions of the monarch as “prince regent”, as published by some British media. The heir to the throne visited his father, Philip of Edinburgh, on Wednesday at Sandringham Palace, where they both discussed the consequences of the disastrous interview granted to the BBC by his brother, Prince Andrew.
The babbling, excuses and bizarre explanations offered by the Duke of York to justify his relationship with the American millionaire and paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, caused a scandal in public opinion. From New Zealand, where he was on an official visit, Prince Charles coordinated with his mother the queen a drastic response to raise a rapid firewall: Andrew was forced to resign, “in the immediate future”, to all his public functions. Charles, according to the British press, has also used the meeting to prepare a gradual increase in his role at the head of the monarchy.
The general conclusion in the media of what happened in recent days is that the Prince of Wales has taken the reins of the affairs of the royal family. His father, the Duke of Edinburgh, the core of any withering decision made in recent decades to preserve the survival of the Windsor House, is now 98 years old. He retired from public activity at 95, and since then, his influence on some indecisions of Elizabeth II has been missed. The Daily Mail newspaper quotes anonymous sources (as almost always, in this type of information) from Buckingham Palace to ensure that the queen would already be preparing her withdrawal from the scene (in no case an abdication) within 18 months, when she also reach 95 years.
The last time there was a “prince regent” occurred in the United Kingdom was in 1811. The continuing episodes of mental illness of George III led his eldest son to assume the obligations of the monarch. Known for his love of food, alcohol and women’s companies, the future George IV remained in regent status for nine tumultuous years in which a prime minister, Spencer Perceval, was killed, the Napoleonic Wars broke out in Europe and there were riots by British taxpayers over the tax increase. “Prinny” (little prince), as he was known by his subjects, also had his own attempt to divorce, unsuccessfully, Caroline of Brunswick, a scandal for the time.
The queen has significantly reduced her presence in public events. In 2018 he came to attend 283 events (a still considerable number), but it is Charles of England who today occupies the first position in this regard. In that same year, he was the relevant figure 507 times.
The Prince of Wales has never contemplated the possibility, strongly suggested during the worst years of his stormy relationship and worse divorce of Lady Di, to abdicate in favour of his son, Prince William, who enjoys much greater popularity among British citizenship. Charles has been preparing to reign for a lifetime, with very clear ideas about how the future monarchy of the United Kingdom should be. The heir aspires to a much smaller royal family in the intervention of its members in public life, which does not include some of them like Prince Andrew or his daughters Beatrice and Eugenia. Tradition states that the wife of the heir, if he is a male, acquires the title of queen (if the heiress is a woman, her husband is only a consort king). However, the relationship of love and hate of the British public with Camila Parker-Bowles has brought forth implicit indications from the surroundings of Prince Charles that an exception would be made with her.