Should Prince Charles step aside and allow Prince William to become the next King?

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Did you watch last night’s documentary on ITV, where Ant and Dec got to find out more about what makes Prince Charles tick?  It was quite an informal look behind the scenes about the Prince’s Trust and the history behind it, showing how tirelessly the Prince of Wales passionately supports the cause he set up in his mid-twenties.

Today we are discussing whether, when the time comes, should Charles give up his place in line to the throne, and allow Prince William to be King. In Spain, King Juan Carlos said he didn’t want his son to ‘wither on the vine’ whilst waiting for him to pass away, and so let him become king.

Would Prince Charles be popular as King? Would it be fair for the throne to pass Charles by when he has waited his whole life to become King? Would it be a positive stance for the Monarchy by passing Charles and going straight to William? Would William even want this? What are your views?

Should Prince Charles step aside and allow Prince William to become the next King?

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Phian
28th Apr 2016
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The decision should be his. If Prince Charles feels he can make a good job of it then he should have the crown but if his health is poor then he should have the option to step aside.
crazy sue
18th Mar 2016
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We should follow the natural line of ascension and let Charles become King.
PatriciaO
2nd Mar 2016
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I wonder how Prince Charles would have reacted if like his uncle he had been told to choose between being the future king and his mistress. I am I haven't forgotten how his mistress, him and their friends humiliated Diana.
Pussk2
1st Mar 2016
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Being King is not a popularity contest, it is a matter of succession. He has made mistakes and personally I do not wish to see Camilla as Queen. Charles is already 66 and the Queen shows no sign of retiring (and nor should she) so Charles could be old by the time he succeeds.
If we could chose I would go for Princess Anne any day. Strong minded, independent woman that she is.
leslieross
26th Jan 2016
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Absolutely not. Prince Charles will do his duty as he as always known he would. If people want elected officials, look to America where the popularity contest goes on every four years. Our heritage for thousands of years is our monarchy. Queens and Kings don't 'stand aside' because they don't win the popularity celebrity based notions of today's world. They do their duty, as our Queen always has.
Wilf
26th Jan 2016
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Charles seems like a very nice person. he should be king for a good few years and then William can take over. Will probably wants a few years to enjoy himself first
ann chick
25th Jan 2016
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he forsook his right to the throne when he treated poor Princess Diana so badly.
wiffler
16th Jan 2016
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Prince Charles is a nice man and I would love for him to be King but popularity for the Royal family is sadly waning and I think William and Kate would be much more popular.
Lizcarol
15th Jan 2016
1
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I think Charles should become King when the time comes.

Of course he has made mistakes just as we all have, in many ways he has paid the price.

Unlike his sister and brothers he had many major decisions thrust upon him by people who made the mistake of choosing who he should marry, all though two lovely young men were the result! However, he and Diana did pay a very high price in their personal lives. We now have a happy and less tense man who stands alongside his mother the Queen and a strong and supportive wife of his own choice.

I truly believe he will be an excellent Monarch paving the way for William once he too will be ready to take on the crown God Bless them.
Farmer George
12th Jan 2016
1
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Charles behaved the same as Edward 8th and should be treated the same way
Lionel
20th Mar 2016
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treebyda43
9th Jan 2016
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Prince William shows a certain reluctance to mix with the public and is far too concerned with his familys privacy at present he needs to develop the common touch as his Father has before he will be fit to be King
capernwrayy
9th Jan 2016
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Charles will make a good King. He's made many mistakes during his life like the rest of us, but that will only broaden his outlook and his capacity to be a Monarch.
shunter
9th Jan 2016
1
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Charles "Blotted" his copybook with how he treated Diana as far as I'm concerned--- BUT ! These days that does not seem to matter much, In fact it has not mattered much way back in history either according to the performance put forward by his ancestors!
It seems they were All fond of a game of "musical beds " at times
William seems to put forward a "Clean young family Man" image though-- which the rest of the world "could" use as a Role Model I suppose-- Wheras Charles emits the Lecherous old guy image--
somewhat in keeping with his Pater!-- ( Memories of the 19 60s-
& the tales told in the Redtop Tabloid Media) re a couple of "Models" & a certain doctor---etc--etc,-- Still it was all Good Fun at the time-- Was'nt it ??
MrsH.
8th Jan 2016
2
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I believe Charles should be King, and William would soon follow anyway. Charles has valuable input with many matters connected with the UK, and has good sense when it comes to decisions about the Country. William still has many life experiences to try first, and then he will be ready for this position.
Westminster
8th Jan 2016
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No, I think Prince Charles should have his chance.

It might be better if Monarchs had to retire at say, 75.
Lionel
20th Mar 2016
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A monarch of the UK can't retire or abdicate. Once the holy anointing oil has been applied to the fore head that person, always in the royal line, is dedicated before God for their life time.

There's no way out.
MOOMA50
6th Jan 2016
1
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No, because they should all step aside.
Jo Kingham
6th Jan 2016
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I think William would be a much more popular choice. Everyone is interested in him and his family, especially foreigners so they would be better for the country overall
bbam
6th Jan 2016
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Charles should not even be in line for the throne, so therefore not able to step aside and allow William to become King.
bluginkgo
5th Jan 2016
1
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William should be the next king, because he's young, responsible, modern and would fit better to the other monarchs in Europe.
Renka
5th Jan 2016
4
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I think William should have a life with his young family. Xharles has nothing better to do than wait and the Queen was crowned at a very young age and is why she was never a real 'Mum' to her children.
proudie55
5th Jan 2016
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Prince Charles should step down in favour of William because society needs a young monarch once again.
Vineland
5th Jan 2016
4
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Prince Charles should take his place as King. He has been in training all his life and should be allowed to be our monarch when the time comes. Prince William should be allowed to live as normal a life as possible with Kate and his children, something our Queen never had.
Lizcarol
15th Jan 2016
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Alicia
5th Jan 2016
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They are all a useless waste of money so it would not really matter who was on the throne.
YvonneH1
5th Jan 2016
2
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I think we have to go with what we have got & not dwell in the past, Prince Charles has a life time of experience ups & downs, good & not so good, as for divorce who knows what the future holds for William & Kate!! hopefully it will be for ever..but lets give them as much time as possible to enjoy there children growing up & let Charles do his duty as our King 🙂
thefilthycripple
5th Jan 2016
3
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Although never keen on Prince Charles we do not have a Mickey Mouse monarchy ,so the traditional rules of succession should apply
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Charles has been in training for the throne all his life and it is nonsense to say Camilla shouldn't be Queen, she would have been his first wife if archaic rules hadn't force the two apart. They have both proved their commitment to each other and to the country. Let William live his life with his young family without the terrible constraints we put on royalty.
Lizcarol
15th Jan 2016
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Spot on! I think you've hit the nail on it's head
SheilaB2
5th Jan 2016
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As King, Charles would be head of the Church of England and being married to a divorcee goes against the teachings of the church.
jeanmark
5th Jan 2016
2
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A number of his subjects do not follow the Church of England and even they are trying to join the 21st century. I don't think his being divorced would affect his reign.
Wilf
5th Jan 2016
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Does that really worry us in this day and age when 50% of the population who get married then divorce?
tinajane
5th Jan 2016
6
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Charles should be King,but not with Camilla as Queen .
jeanmark
5th Jan 2016
2
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She wouldn't be known as Queen, that's already established.
C4rol
5th Jan 2016
2
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As long as Camilla is consort and not Queen I don't really mind except I do think William would make an exceptional King
Wilf
5th Jan 2016
2
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Yes I agree he is really top class guy and Harry is as well
lizfid3
5th Jan 2016
6
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I watched the programme and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have stated in the past that I would not be happy if Charles became king with Camilla by his side but last night's programme showed both of them are only too aware of the depth of public feeling on the subject, and that the majority are not happy with the position Camilla will occupy whether it be consort or queen. However, after seeing how she kept very much in the background throughout the programme apart from a few minutes chat with Ant & Dec, I get the feeling she is just as unhappy with the role she would have to undertake. She seems to be content with their life as it is and seemed to prefer to stay out of the spotlight. William will make a splendid king but I agree he will benefit from a few more years with his young family before the full duties of state take control of his life.
molly 65
5th Jan 2016
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In my opinion someone who is divorced - even in this day and age - should not be king therefore he should step aside for William. I don't think William is dull, he's just quieter than his brother and more grown up!!
evelynbrown
5th Jan 2016
3
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Charles has waited all his life to be King. So give him a chance, not too keen on the way he has lived his personal life though.Give Prince William time to enjoy his family before all the pressures of state land on his shoulders.
PurpleTurtle
5th Jan 2016
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I would rather they all step aside. They seem like well intentioned people but I do not believe that we need a royal family.
iamyoungatheart
5th Jan 2016
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A lot of people think that if William were to fall down a manhole Harry would become king how wrong are they Remember William has a son who would become king if something happened to William
celtwitch
5th Jan 2016
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Yes, this would be a great idea, and then, the dull as ditch water Wills could, hopefully, fall down a man hole. Then, the ever popular Harry would be our King!
Wilf
5th Jan 2016
5
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I don't agree with you about William. I think he is a great bloke and how can a guy like him who is a Helicopter Rescue Pilot be called dull. He also came across on last nights programme as a good laugh. Harry does have charisma and having been a coptor pilot as well plus all his concerns (and Williams ) about issues like the danger to Elephants and Rhinos in Africa makes them both fantastic role models for the UK
Munsterlander
5th Jan 2016
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It was about time that there was a programme about the Princes Trust. I had not realised how much great work it has done with youngsters and it needs a PR boost which was what it got last night. Prince Charles strikes me as a very knowledgeable fellow who gets frustrated with the bureaucracy and unfairness of society. I know he has been born into wealth but then he works very hard and does a huge amount of good in society. Let him be king for a while as William needs to have a life and enjoy his family before becoming King.
Marley444
5th Jan 2016
2
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I have to agree with Munsterlander actually. I watched the programme and I thought they all came over very well. Prince Charles seems so committed just like his mother and I think it is only fair he has a chance to be King on the throne. Perhaps the Queen should retire soon and give him the opportunity sooner. She works tirelessly and must be well overdue a rest!

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