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Royal health crisis: ‘Charles can’t take anymore!’

Months of stress and feuding are taking a toll.
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At the age of 73, the Prince of Wales has become the longest-serving king in waiting in the world.

Watch: Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall start royal tour of Jordan

With the lengthy wait and a tumultuous public life, palace insiders reveal to New Idea that the prince is fast becoming “fed up” by the thought that he may never take the throne due to his advancing years.

While his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, remains determined to stay on the throne at 95, Charles “hasn’t enjoyed a lifetime of good health, and is prone to issues related to stress,” tells the insider.

So it comes as no surprise, after a year of never-ending problems within his family, that some eyewitnesses reported Charles “looked wobbly on his feet” during a recent trip to Jordan and Egypt, alongside his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

One onlooker insisted Camilla, 74, “had to help hold him steady”, over fears he might have collapsed.

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Charles “looked wobbly on his feet” during a recent trip to Jordan and Egypt, alongside his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. (Credit: Getty Images)

“Charles is no spring chicken anymore. The global travel takes its toll on him – not to mention all the problems back at the palace.”

Adding to Charles’ stress is also said to be the bombshell new BBC Two documentary, The Princes and the Press, about the palace’s murky relationship with the media.

What’s more, the first in line to the throne is said to be “deeply concerned” for his mother, who temporarily stepped back from public duties following a sprained back and a separate undisclosed medical issue.

“Charles is worried sick about her and it’s a burden to him,” the source explains.

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One onlooker insisted Camilla, 74, “had to help hold him steady”, over fears he might have collapsed. (Credit: Getty Images)

Since his father Prince Philip’s death in April, Charles has been checking in on his mother to the point where the Queen has instructed her staff to “fend off his calls so she can get some rest”.

Charles first raised eyebrows surrounding his health in July, when he was seen looking frail as he struggled to stand up at a palace appearance in Wales.

“He came perilously close to a fall,” an onlooker said during his visit, also noting his bloated hands.

“Charles is a sensitive man who has always taken things too seriously and personally, and it’s really starting to reflect on his health,” tells a source, who says it’s now a case of having his team reassess his duties and appearances in order to “maintain his wellbeing”.

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“It’s hard to imagine how he can possibly go on like this, with the workload taking its toll on Charles before his accession to the throne – something has to change,” adds the source.

Read more in this week’s New Idea, on sale now. 

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