For years, largely unfounded chatter has suggested that when the time comes for Britain to crown a new monarch, it will skip Prince Charles and make Prince William king. But William, who has become an even greater magnet for attention since he announced his engagement to Kate Middleton, suggested that there was no doubt over his father’s standing next in line. “There is no question in Prince William’s mind that the Prince of Wales will be the next monarch,” a senior royal aide told the Telegraph. “Prince William is aware of the speculation, but he is very thick-skinned. He knows his place in the royal family and he considers himself to be very low down the food chain. He has no desire to climb the ladder of kingship before his time.” The source added that William does not agree with Princess Diana’s opinion that Charles is not suited to the role of king.
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