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Paul Burrell: Queen ‘handing over to Charles’ as she slows down after Philip’s death


Paul Burrell appeared on Lorraine to discuss Prince Philip’s life and legacy, as well as his relationship with the Queen. During his conversation with presenter Ranvir Singh, the former Royal Butler spoke about the future of the monarchy and suggested the head of the family should hand over the reins to Prince Charles.  

Ranvir asked: “How do you think in the coming year and so on, the Queen’s demeanour will change do you think? Will she be quieter, more reserved?”

“She’s 95 on April 21 and she’s slowing down, she’s gradually handing over responsibility to Prince Charles,” Paul replied.

“This is a huge moment when Prince Charles has to step up to the plate and he will become closer to the Queen and the Crown and the throne.

“God forbid that day, I don’t know how I will cope that day the Queen goes because she’s always been there. I can’t even contemplate that,” he added. 

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Paul also added some insight into the relationship between the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen. 

He revealed: “Prince Philip was always attentive of the Queen, he was a gentleman with the Queen. He would mix her favourite Martini in her sitting room at night and take her a glass through when she was dressing.” 

When Ranvir asked if the Duke made the Queen laugh, Paul revealed: “Yes, but she always remained calm. He was the one who was off like a volcano. 

“I remember once being sat in the Queen’s sitting room and the door was trying to open and the corgis were fast asleep like door stops and he couldn’t get through, and he was cursing and shouting behind the door. 

“Most of us have only ever known a Queen, she’s been part of our lives forever. So we have to think about her at this time.

“My thoughts are with Her Majesty, she’s lost the captain of her ship. 

“Prince Philip was the Queen’s wingman and in private, he was the boss. He ran everything. He always considered the Queen first, of course. He was her raison d’être… the nation’s thoughts and prayers are with her,” he said. 

A ceremonial royal funeral will be held at St. George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor at 15:00 on Saturday, 17 April. 

The Duke’s funeral will be televised and only 30 people will be in attendance. 

There are two ways for a royal to make it to the throne, according to Buckingham Palace, succession to the throne is determined by ancestry and laws put in place by the British government. 

When Queen Elizabeth II steps down or dies, Prince Charles — not William — will be seated to the throne first.

Charles is HRH Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, which is why he’s first in line following the Queen. 

As for Prince William, “if Charles dies between the Queen, William would become King”, Robert Hazell, a professor of government and the constitution at the University College London, told Insider. 

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV. 


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