P. Claire Dodson
September 16, 2017 10:18 am
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We just might start seeing Prince Charles play a bigger role in royal events. According to E! and the U.K.’s The Times, the prince’s staff is reportedly planning his transition to king. It’s all part of a bigger plan called “Project 70.” We love hearing royal family news, so we’re all ears. (Hey, even the real queen watches The Crown.)

Project 70 refers to Prince Charles becoming king by his 70th birthday.

That’s not too far away — Prince Charles turns 70 on November 14, 2018. According to The Times, his staff is “keen to ‘accelerate’ plans to increase his involvement in key royal events” by then.

Here’s what that involvement might look like, according to The Times.

The idea of Queen Elizabeth not being the queen is practically unimaginable. But she is 91 years old, after all. And Prince Charles has been the heir apparent since February 1952, when Elizabeth became queen.

So far these reports have been denied by Clarence House, the royal residence of  Charles, Prince of Wales.

But tension has reportedly been afoot amongst our favorite royals.

Rumor has it that Prince Charles affected the decision to fire the Queen’s private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt. This reportedly added to the tension between Clarence House and Buckingham place.

The two presented a statement that reads:

Right now the tension seems like a lot of rumors and conjecture. Either way, it makes sense that some plans are in place for Charles. With November 14th, 2018 in mind, it should be an interesting year across the pond.

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