Spokesperson for Prince Charles says Queen Elizabeth will not be retiring at 95 'or any other age'

A source at Buckingham Palace told People that there have been 'over-interpretations' doing the rounds about Charles’ role in the monarchy

Queen Elizabeth II hosts a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace on December 3, 2019 in London, England. Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images

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In an effort to dampen down a frenzy of speculation about the prince becoming king, a spokesperson for Prince Charles has told the outlet People that there have not been any talks about Queen Elizabeth II retiring at age 95 — nor will there be.

“There are no plans for any change in arrangements at the age of 95 — or any other age,” the spokesman told People.

A source at Buckingham Palace told People that there have been “over-interpretations” doing the rounds in the media about Prince Charles’ role in the monarchy once the queen reaches 95, and about how the demotion of Prince Andrew has been handled. The source told People that the queen, not Charles, had made the call to push Andrew into the background.

That contradicts reporting from the U.K., which indicated change would soon be afoot. Charles, it was reported, was central to the forced “retiring” of Prince Andrew, who has been engulfed in scandal over his ties to dead financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.


“Planning for Charles to become king has been going on for some time. A transition is plainly already underway. Her Majesty is in her nineties and can understandably only do so much,” a source told U.K. tabloid the Sun in recent days.

“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. 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.”

Charles was reported to have met with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, to discuss the move into the new role. Now, though, it would appear he has taken the opportunity to clear the air.

One royal biographer told People that even if such a plan was in the works, it would be far more complicated than recent reports were making out — with family, senior courtiers and civil servants all involved.

“The Queen can’t just wave a queen wand and say Charles you are my regent. It’s not her call – and it’s not his call,” said Sally Bedell Smith.

The Queen can’t just wave a queen wand and say Charles you are my regent

Speculation has swirled during what has been a period of intense scrutiny for the royal family.

On Monday an American woman who says she was forced to have sex with PrinceAndrew appealed to Britons to take her side, saying that only she was telling the truth about the scandal.

Virginia Giuffre says she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including the British prince when she was 17 years old. Andrew categorically denies the allegations.

In the interview, Giuffre said she was brought to London in 2001 by Epstein and taken to meet the prince, one of three occasions when she says she had sex with Andrew.

“He knows what happened. I know what happened, and there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me,” Giuffre told BBC Panorama.

“I implore the citizens in the UK to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being ok. This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked, this is a story of abuse and this is a story of your guys’ royalty.”

Andrew had previously given his own interview to the BBC’s Newsnight program — an appearance dubbed a “car crash” by the British press. In it, he offered bizarre explanations about his relationships with both Epstein and Giuffre, which drew widespread ridicule.

— with files from Reuters