Prince George will never be King and the monarchy will end with Prince William, according to history writer

Prince George will never be King, a royal history expert says

Prince George will never be King
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A history writer has predicted that Prince George will never take the throne and his father, Prince William, will be the last monarch to take the title of King.

Over the past couple of months, there have been some massive shifts in the royal family and its members have experienced a number of changes in quick succession. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September, King Charles III ascended to the throne and Prince William was bumped up to the top of the royal line of succession, making him first in line to the throne. 

The shift in royal roles also means that Prince William's eldest son, Prince George, nine, is now second in line to the throne, but according to one expert, the young prince may never take his spot on the throne.

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In an interview with The Times, author and history writer Hilary Mantel revealed her belief that Prince George will never take the throne, and that his father, Prince William, will be the last King. 

She said that her "back of the envelope" prediction would be that following the death of King Charles, William will be crowned monarch, but that the line will end with him.

She added, "I think it’s a fair prediction, but let’s say I wouldn’t put money on it."

Explaining the reasoning behind her estimate, she cited society's changing perception of the monarchy and its place in a modern context. She said, "It’s very hard to understand the thinking behind the monarchy in the modern world when people are just seen as celebrities."

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While some may see Mantel's prediction as far-fetched, there are signs that even the royals themselves wish that the monarchy, or at least the monarchy as we know it, would end. 

It has been staunchly reported that the Prince and Princess of Wales have desires to modernise the monarchy and plan to do so by making themselves more approachable and doing away with 'formal' and 'stuffy' traditions. Hopefully for George, these attempts as modernisation will prove Mantel wrong.

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is a news writer for Goodtoknow, specialising in family content. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.