In 2010 a YouGov poll asked whether Charles should make way for William to become king with 44 percent saying he should and 37 percent saying he should not.
Yet despite the backing for William and his young family his father is unlikely to let the prize he covets most pass him by.
Dickie Arbiter, fa ormer press secretary to The Queen, said on Thursday: “Skipping a generation sets a dangerous precedent and could lead to calls for George, who would be in his late sixties or seventies by the time his father’s reign came to an end, to step aside for his heir be it a son or a daughter. The saying ‘if it ain’t broke why fix it’ must apply to succession.
“William’s turn will come, meanwhile Charles will succeed his mother the Queen and if the past couple of decades are anything to go by the monarchy will be in safe hands.”