Odds on Queen stepping down slashed as Charles ‘prepares to take over’

Bookies have slashed odds on The Queen stepping down, as theories grow that Prince Charles will soon take over.

The Duke of Edinburgh is odds-on at 1-5 to take over, while Prince William is 3-1 to be the next monarch.

Coral spokesman John Hill said: "The Queen has already delegated a lot of her responsibilities to Prince Charles but many punters feel 2020 will be the year that Her Majesty abdicates from the throne.

"Although Prince Charles is next in line to take over, we have seen some bets on Prince William leapfrogging his father to become next monarch.”

Charles has long been tipped for a takeover as his mum slowly steps back.

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Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s dramatic exit from The Firm last month, he is now expected to take on even more royal duties.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams earlier told Daily Star Online: “If you are looking at it as someone advancing in age, then The Queen will rely somewhat more on Charles.

"But the structure will remain the same – it will definitely not be a formal regency.

“He was going to do more anyway, and The Queen will do less anyway.”

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Meanwhile, the Royal Family is today reeling from the news of another split after the announcement that David Armstrong-Jones, son of the late Princess Margaret, is to separate from Serena Armstrong-Jones.

David, 58, and Serena revealed their plans to split after more than 25 years of marriage.

The Earl – who is known for his high-end furniture company – married Serena back in 1993.

They have two children, Viscount Linley, Charles Armstrong-Jones and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones.

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Last week,Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn confirmed they were going to separate.

In a statement, theQueen's so-called favourite grandson said he was "devastated" about the breakup.

Phillips' wife Autumn reportedly ended their relationship suddenly after 12 years of marriage.

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