Why Prince William cannot be our next King – it must be Charles

A poll has shown that over half of Brits think that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge should be the next King, but this is simply not an option for the British Monarchy. Here’s why.

The questionnaire earlier this month by Opinium Research asked 2,000 people: “Who would you prefer to see as the next Monarch after Elizabeth II?”. 54% of those surveyed want William to take over from The Queen after her death.

prince charles must be our next king, not prince william

It seems Brits want Prince William to be the next King, not Charles (Foreign Office)

Just 25% of people asked in this poll think it should follow the natural line of succession, and for there to be a King Charles III. Meanwhile 21% of voters said they did not know or were not sure.

Interestingly, a poll back in 2014 showed people were more supportive than ever of Charles: 42% of people said they wanted Her Majesty to let Charles take the throne and for her to retire in 2014. The same poll also reveals that 53% want The Prince of Wales to take the throne next, compared to the 38% who were on his side in 2011.

A 2015 poll by Sky, said that 70% of people want Britain to remain a monarchy forever.

So how likely is it that Charles will be our next King? Well, 100% – that is, unless he predeceases his mother.

1. It is the law

The law in the United Kingdom – which operates a system of Constitutional Monarchy – states that the next heir to the throne is ALWAYS the eldest child of the reigning Sovereign. Until 2013, this meant the eldest son under primogeniture, putting all females after any male children, but now it is absolute primogeniture – the oldest child, be it a son or daughter, will be the next to reign.

A Monarchy always has been and always will be a hereditary office: when this job starts to be handed out to other people, it becomes a thinly veiled republic.

What better reason to stick to the line of succession that to not break the law?

2. Instability within the Monarchy is bad for the UK

In 1936, Edward VIII decided he wished to give up the British throne and his role of King in favour of love, since the British government could not accept a marriage between him and Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American.

Perhaps more to do with his personality, disregard for the rules, and favour of a luxurious lifestyle, the people were not happy. Their King was passing them, and his birth duty, over for his personal desires. Queen Mary, his mother, was appalled: “It seemed inconceivable to those who had made such sacrifices during the war that you, as their King, refused lesser sacrifice”.

Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor gave up the throne to marry Wallis Warfield (Simpson). (Lost Gallery)

Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor gave up the throne to marry Wallis Warfield (Simpson). (Lost Gallery)

Politician Sir Henry Channon said in his diary, “The whole world recoils from the shock.”

“Everyone is in a turmoil because the King wants to marry Mrs Simpson,” reported Madge Martin, the wife of the vicar of St Michael’s, Oxford; while Harold Nicholson, a politician, commented that the people’s “deep and enraged fury was against the King himself,” when just 10 of 400 people sang the National Anthem at a royal engagement with Edward VIII.

While we do live in different times, where divorce is commonplace and more liberal ideas rule, it does not disregard the fact that alterations to the line of succession is destabilising for Britain. 61% of people in a 2015 poll think that the Monarchy still plays an important role in the functioning of the state, and it does: the Monarch can still veto laws, choose a Prime Minister, and declare both war and peace. All of this can be done without governmental guidance or permission if necessary.

Edward’s younger brother, Albert, was thrust on to the throne, without proper Kingship training, just military experience. He reigned as George VI – despite his first name being Albert, and George his third middle name – in order to give some stability and familiarity to his people, following the tumultuous time David (Edward) brought. Even George’s newly minted coins faced the same way as his father’s: they should have been the opposite way, as is tradition, but he wanted to give a feeling of security to the people.

His eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was then heir presumptive at the tender age of 10, when she was born to be nothing more than a working member of the Royal Family.

3. William isn’t ready – he doesn’t want the job yet

Seen in the fact that William still has another job alongside his royal duties, The Duke of Cambridge is not yet ready for Kingship.

The Duke of Cambridge does not yet want a full-time royal role, and is certainly not yet ready for Kingship (Mario Testino)

The Duke of Cambridge does not yet want a full-time Royal role, and is certainly not ready for Kingship. He prefers to keep himself and his family out of the spotlight in Norfolk, not London. (Mario Testino)

Even though he left the RAF in 2014, and it was expected that William would have a 12-month ‘transition period’ into full-time royal duties, this didn’t happen. Instead, the Prince undertook an agricultural course at Cambridge University (to prepare him to run the Duchy of Cornwall in future), and then became a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which he balances alongside royal engagements. UPDATE: The Duke of Cambridge left this role in September 2017.

While Kensington Palace is now the permanent base for the Cambridge family, Anmer Hall in Norfolk is the family’s preferred home, as it is out of the spotlight and away from the media. They still seem to escape to the countryside when they can.

Prince Charles has been groomed for the job of Monarch since he was born. As he has said: “I learned the way a monkey learns – by watching its parents”. This is a job he has shadowed for 64 years, picking up the details of how his mother reigns, receiving cabinet documents too. Prince William is also allowed access to some of these, but not to the same extent as his father, who is next in line and more experienced and skilled at such state matters.

4. The Queen (and her heirs) know the value of duty

Elizabeth II knows just what duty means. Seeing her father handle the stresses of Kingship, in which he turned to increasing number of cigarettes, George VI had numerous lung problems, eventually dying of cancer in 1952.

Even before she ascended the throne, she made a promise to her people, the ones she would one day rule, at the tender age of 21: “I declare before you all, that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great Imperial family, to which we all belong.”

This promise, made in Cape Town during a tour with her parents, was heartfelt and she has taken it seriously since then.

Most people are in favour of The Queen passing the throne to Prince Charles, who has been groomed for the role from childhood. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

Most people are in favour of The Queen passing the throne to Prince Charles, who has been groomed for the role from childhood. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

As mentioned, Charles has seen the requirements of the job, and knows what is needed of him. He is the longest-serving heir to the throne in history, and has seen almost as much as The Queen herself. Meanwhile, William is just 35, and would benefit greatly from more time to observe and learn, than be thrown in at the deep end in the next decade or so.

5. When you start passing the job around, the Monarchy becomes a puppet for a republic

The point of a Constitutional Monarchy is to have an apolitical Head of State, who remains outside of the political arena.

Stats show that the Royal Family are more trusted than politicians: in a Sky poll, 58% of people said they trusted The Queen more than politicians. As the apolitical Head of State, the British Sovereign can intervene in times of political uncertainty and emergency to keep the country afloat – this is the only time they ever involve themselves in government, despite the fact they have veto powers.

When the job of King or Queen is passed around to the person the people would prefer, it becomes a republic, but not in the sense that we are used to. It would be a president masquerading with a crown – like Oliver Cromwell did for a number of years during the Commonwealth of the mid-17th century.

Sources:  2015 Sky poll,

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Sandy Thu 01 September, 2016 - 12:44 pm

Charles has married a divorced woman surely that should be enough when his uncle had to give the throne up after all if his uncle had had children Charles or out queen would nt reign

Reinaldo Martinez Thu 01 September, 2016 - 2:10 pm

In the first place, the given poll had been conducted on a quite young group (between 16 and 25 yoa, I believe). Therefore it is overwhelmingly biased towards a younger King kind of idealized figure.

Also the Duke of Wales has in his hand the fate and leadership of over 250 charities and welfare organizarions (there are a lot more, but I grew tired counting!). HRH knows them well, some he even founded them himself, and HRH is very familiar with the procedures to raise funds, connect the right people, and provide the right help and actions from the entire Govt., including foreign aid. Prince william will need quite a few decades to acquaint himself with this intertwined tangle of people, bureaucracy which means long standing PPRR, and decades of conversation racalling.

Something more, Prince Charles is on the way to unleash an unprecedented, worldwide revolution for decades to go in urban planning through HRH’s principles and concepts of what urban sustainability should be and how to set it in place (olease follow I.N.T.B.A.U. to learn about it).

All in all, I the UK will undoubtedly benefit greatly to let the Prince of Wales to take the lead, point the way and set everything running smoothly through his entire life. That is the kind of commitment unequivocally inherited from one of the most committed mothers in the world: Her Gracious Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Victoria Howard Thu 01 September, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Hi Reinaldo. As far as we are aware, it was a cross section of people of all ages. Charles is the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall.

Myra Sun 06 August, 2017 - 5:10 am


BARKLEY Mon 30 September, 2019 - 5:28 pm

I would prefer William and Catherine to Charles. But in no event should Camilla crowned or styled queen consort. Times have changed and Diana has been gone a long time, but common decency demands that she must not become queen.

christine Thu 01 September, 2016 - 3:29 pm

Prince Charles has a birth right to be the next King. He has some good values and is the right man for the job. Let William enjoy his young family for a while before he becomes King.

janet o'connor Thu 01 September, 2016 - 5:07 pm

I would like prince William to be king

Rosemary Schmid Fri 02 September, 2016 - 10:55 am

Prince Charles was born to be the next King, so let it stay like that. Prince William can wait his turn, as he has a young family and they must be left alone whilst the children are growing up. There will be plenty of time for him to be King.

Dee Harris Fri 02 September, 2016 - 10:51 pm

i really don’t want Camilla to be the Queen Princess consort is not that good either but it is better than Queen!!

Victoria Howard Sat 03 September, 2016 - 5:23 pm

The Duchess of Cornwall is a real asset to the Royal Family. Since morganatic marriage (taking an unequal title to a spouse) does not exist in the UK, legally she must be Queen. We could do far worse in a Queen Consort than Camilla…

Bob Tue 20 March, 2018 - 5:03 pm

Then Charles was lying to the British people when it was stated otherwise at the time of his marriage to the divorced mrs. PB?? Technically she is Now Princess of Wales but does not use that title. When Charles becomes Knig, she will technically be queen consort but i am not aware that she is required to use that title or to be crowned during the coronation ceremony. That would be a travesty!

Victoria Howard Tue 20 March, 2018 - 6:20 pm

Charles didn’t say that- his office did. And you’re probably in the wrong place if you’re looking for support in these views. Many people have now warmed to The Duchess of Cornwall.

esclarmonde1 Sat 29 April, 2017 - 7:37 pm

The Duchess of Cornwall will make a great Queen, she works extremely hard, is admired by our wonderful Queen Elizabeth and loves and supports her husband the Prince of Wales.

Myra Sun 06 August, 2017 - 5:29 am

I do not believe that for one second. If she was admired by the Queen, she would have allowed Charles to marry her in the beginning!

Victoria Howard Mon 07 August, 2017 - 5:41 pm

When Charles probably realised he loved Camilla, she was already married, a couple of years before Diana came on the scene. It was an unfortunate twist of fate that they were not together, not to do with The Queen.

John Micoli Sun 21 January, 2018 - 7:14 pm

By law Charles must be king does the Queen have the power to change this and a point William if she desires?

Victoria Howard Sun 21 January, 2018 - 11:31 pm

Absolutely not; this would require an act of parliament to circumvent the current laws. Monarchy is hereditary and not by appointment.

williamsowles Thu 01 March, 2018 - 3:58 pm

It will be nice enough to live long to see prince George on the throne..

francis r Tue 29 May, 2018 - 11:23 pm

I am 22 now…. i personally think i probably will make it there, he would be an interesting king: george vii (if his father and /or grandfather do not take that name themselves). Seeing that prince charles is almost 70, i will probably be 60 or 70 *and lucky to be alive) when prince george inherits the throne, because historically, kings do not rule in britain as long as queens do

PANDURANG S MATTE Thu 05 April, 2018 - 1:41 pm

Mr Prince Charles is the most suitable person to be HONORED with next king

George Porter martin Fri 25 May, 2018 - 11:58 pm

Not being a citizen of Great Britan; I hesitate to comment. However having English blood in my veins..and being a fan of the Queen…I will. Hrh prince Charles must not appear to be mean to his close relatives by “cutting ” them out of the picture. Having just read how little the Royal Family cost to MAintain; I would be careful in using financial concerns as a reason to “kick them to the curb”. He will need all the help he can muster to save the monarchy from those that don’t want it to continue. They will not be impressed by such ” cost cutting”. Be careful not to lose the “magic” that is needed by the people that only the British Royal family can provide. Not just in Britan; but around the world. Hrh prince Charles must warmly embrace all THE royals not just his children and their offspring. Magic and the wisdom to stay out of temporal politics will stand the test of time. If he cannot do this…he will help those who want to see it end get closer to their goal.

john dockrell Thu 20 June, 2019 - 3:07 pm

I thought the monarch had to be the head of the church in the united kingdom.
Can a man who is divorced and married to a divorced lady ,with whom he supposedly had an affair prior to break up of his previous marriage, be the head of the church in England..
Would it not be better to strike Charles from the list and let Edward step forward as the new King.


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