Although he is second in the throne’s line of succession, Prince William may have to step up in the next few months and act as a placeholder for his grandmother.
According to Express, this is because the Queen and Prince Charles could be placed in strict isolation for months, in a bid to be shielded from the coronavirus.
Health minister Matt Hancock, said people over the age of 70 will be told to self-isolate even if they do not have in order to protect the at-risk group.
This directive means that the Queen, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla and other senior royals should avoid going outdoors and won’t be able to perform their royal duties. Therefore, it could be up to Prince William, as a most qualified royal, to take on their royal duties in the coming months.
Due to the coronavirus, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have already announced that they have postponed their spring tour to the Republic of Cyprus and Jordan. The Queen’s upcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden were postponed too.
The statement read: “As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, changes are being made to The Queen’s diary commitments in the coming weeks.
“In consultation with the Medical Household and Government, Her Majesty’s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled. Audiences will continue as usual. Other events will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with the appropriate advice.”
Reportedly, Her Majesty was also advised to cancel her annual garden parties in May and June in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Although it was originally reported that the Queen and Prince Philip, have relocated to Windsor Castle, allegedly a protective measure, on Monday she has returned to Buckingham Palace for her working week. The trip was part of her regular weekend residence at Windsor.