QUEEN ELIZABETH II is already the UK’s longest reigning monarch but fans are convinced she will be stepping aside this year after a major clue was dropped.
She has reigned for 67 years after taking over the throne in 1952. And now Royal Family fans have been left believing that in 2020 she will finally move aside and allow her son Prince Charles to become King.
That’s the view of leading bookmaker Coral, which has cut the odds on the Queen abdicating this year to 5-1.
The group is offering evens on the Queen’s grandson Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle announcing they are expecting their second baby this year.
The odds for his brother William and wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, to announce they are expecting their fourth child are 2-1.
Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: ”We’ve cut the odds on the Queen abdicating this year off the back of what has been a turbulent start to the New Year for the Royal Family.
“There is definitely a much greater chance that they begin to go in a different direction in 2020.”
He added: “We are almost certainly going to see some more new children over the next few years, with Beatrice and Eugenie potentially likely to start families in the near future.
“However we make Harry and Meghan the most likely to announce a pregnancy this year, at just evens in our book.”
The rumours come at a time when the Royal Family is in crisis.
Last week, Meghan and Harry announced they were standing down from Royal Family life.
The couple are reportedly threatening to take part in a tell-all US television interview to get their way at the royal summit on Monday, which could unleash hell on the Royal Family.
According to The Sun, the Duchess’ American PR team is allegedly already in touch with some of the major networks in the US and famed chat show host Oprah Winfrey.
The royal couple could use a US TV platform to try and secure a better deal with senior members of the Royal Family during talks at Sandringham.
A royal source said: “Harry and Meghan’s people have been reaching out to all the big US networks to explore the possibilities of a sit-down warts-and-all interview.
“Perhaps Harry and Meghan will use this as a negotiating tactic as there is no way the royals want their dirty laundry out in the open.
“Maybe they will get more money if they agree not to talk.”
The source added that the couple wish to “tell their side of the story”.