King Charles III, who will officially be crowned on May 6, knows his time on the throne may be short and he knows he is a “guardian” to his eldest son Prince William, a royal expert has claimed.
The 74-year-old monarch, who is the oldest person to become king in British history, was just three years old when the Queen ascended the throne in 1952, succeeding her during her 70-year reign.
But given her age, Marlene Koenig, a royal historian who focuses on British and European royalty, told Insider that the new monarch knows exactly how long she may have left.
“He knows his time is short,” Koenig said, comparing Charles to his mother’s reign. “But he’s doing everything he can,” Koenig, an insider, said when William’s father took the throne after the queen’s death in September.
“He and she know that they are the guardians of the next generation,” she added of Prince William, her eldest son, and Prince George, her great grandson. William, 40, and George, 9, are first and second in line to the throne.
Doing the best he can in the years he has left – Charles is well aware that in his first speech as king he pledged to uphold constitutional principles “for the rest of the time that God has given me.”
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