There's nothing like your son's sex scandals, your grandchildren fighting, and daily criticism from the press. I wonder if this will all bring a warm, familial glow to the proceedings at Sandringham this year during the Christmas holidays?
The royal family has faced one of their toughest years yet, possibly even exceeding the great "annus horribilis" of 1992. The current problems going on at Buckingham Palace make a few divorces look like a trip to Baskin Robbins.
Not only that, but the Queen is much older now, and not as capable of working so hard.
Prince Charles Met His Father At Sandringham
Prince Charles recently returned from a royal tour of New Zealand and the Solomon Islands, and it was during this time when Prince Andrew gave his now infamous dumpster fire of an interview with the BBC.
After landing Charles went straight to Sandringham where he spoke to his father Prince Philip about all the drama going down at Buckingham Palace and what to do about his problem of a sibling.
Philip, who is 98, retired just a few years ago, and seems to be enjoying his time out of the spotlight and away from royal duties (minus that little car crash incident!)
Prince Charles As "Prince Regent?"
After it was reported that Prince Charles was the one pulling the strings in getting Prince Andrew unceremoniously fired and kicked off his pedestal, this has led to speculation he may be starting to take over the reins at Buckingham Palace.
While Queen Elizabeth has made it clear she would never abdicate, Charles may be taking on a "Prince Regent" role in which he would handle daily affairs (no pun intended) and some bigger events while the Queen remains on the throne.
Prince Charles Has Proved He Can Take Control
Prince Charles has apparently proved himself during the Prince Andrew-Jeffrey Epstein scandal and this may have been the catalyst in the Queen deciding he was able to take on more responsibility.
A source recently told The Sun, "The scandal surrounding Andrew and Epstein gave Charles an opportunity to step in to show that he can run The Firm. No one is bigger than the institution of the Royal Family. Not even Andrew, the Queen's favorite son. Charles recognized that and acted decisively — like the king he may well soon be. This was the moment when Charles stepped up as Prince Regent, the Shadow King."
Will The Queen Finally Put Her Feet Up?
The Queen has somewhat reduced the number of engagements she takes on in the last few years, though she still works like a boss, especially at her age.
After taking over the throne at such a young age when her father died, it seems perfectly reasonable that the 93-year-old Queen would want a break.
In the wake of the Prince Andrew scandal, Charles has proved he is fit to take over the role he was born to do, which would give Queen Elizabeth ample time to put up her tired feet and enjoy the last years of her life in peace.