Concerns over the Queen's mental health have been rubbished by an expert, who slammed the comments as nothing more than "gossip".
Rumours over the health of the monarch have circulated for some months with worries that she may not be able to continue her long-standing role as figurehead of the Royal Family.
But mobility issues and comments from former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who said that Prince Charles was "effectively becoming Prince Regent", have been dismissed by a royal expert.
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The Prince of Wales' alleged 'Prince Regent' role would give the royal power to rule on behalf of the Queen, but expert Richard Fitzwilliams has rubbished the claims as nothing more than "gossip".
Speaking to The Express, expert Fitzwilliams said: "That is gossip. A Regent is if the Queen was incapacitated, that is the period that you have a Regency.
"You saw that with George III, as George VI was made Regent. The Queen is mentally totally alert and carrying out duties, albeit changed duties.
"I don’t see this as a possibility. We will have to see, of course, what is going to happen in the future."
Fitzwilliams also cited the fact that during the opening of Parliament, Charles was on the Council throne, meaning "there is no possibility" of regency powers at the moment.
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The comments from Fitzwilliams come as Nigel Farage addressed the alleged rise to regency and labelled it "a really sad moment".
He said: "It looks as though Prince Charles is becoming Prince Regent which means he will deputise for the Queen on big state occasions, on big international visits with US Presidents or whatever it may be."
His comments come as Prince Charles steps up to take on more public engagements which are usually carried out by the Queen, including the State Opening of Parliament, The Mirror reported.
Speculation over the Queen's abilities to carry out her regular duties have been questioned after Balmoral Castle traditions were altered for the 96-year-old's "comfort".
A source speaking to Sky News said: "This is a change in line with events being adapted for Her Majesty's comfort."
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