FACT CHECK: Did King Charles III Cede The Throne To Prince William?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook purports King Charles III has ceded the throne to his heir Prince William only days after becoming monarch of the U.K.

Facebook/Screenshot

Facebook/Screenshot

Verdict: False

This claim is baseless. There is no evidence that Charles has abdicated the throne.

Fact Check:

The King recently approved 4 stamps  memorializing Queen Elizabeth II, according to ABC News. Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will visit Dunfermline in October, marking their first public engagements since the ending of the royal period of mourning, BBC reported.

The Facebook video, viewed over 107,000 times, claims King Charles ceded the throne and all responsibilities to his son William. “Bad news for Queen Camilla as Charles cedes throne to William immediately after” the caption reads. The post does not offer when the action happened or how the transition will occur.

The video’s caption is inaccurate. There are also no credible news reports suggesting King Charles has given up his responsibilities. Likewise, there has been no announcements made by the royal family’s website or social media accounts.

Charles formally took the throne in an ascension ceremony help Sept. 10, according to NBC News. During that ceremony, Charles said, “In taking up these responsibilities, I shall strive to follow the inspiring example I have been set in upholding constitutional government and to seek the peace.”

Prince William shared his support for his father’s reign, Reuters reported, saying, “I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can.” (RELATED: Did Queen Elizabeth II Bar Meghan Markle From Attending Her Funeral?)

This is not the first time false information about the royal family has been shared on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a post claiming Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were ‘expelled’ from the U.K. after threatening King Charles.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter

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