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Charles Losing Oedipal Battle for Throne

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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In the latest round of disappointing news for Prince Charles, rumors are swirling that his mum the Queen plans to skip him in the succession in favor of his son, Prince William. For Charles, this could be worse than news of the failure of his "Save our Darts" campaign, a movement aimed at preserving the traditional English pastime of pub darts.

Just in case the shame in being overshadowed by a son half his age weren't apparent enough, Prince Charles has essentially been waiting for the throne for the past 50 years (the Queen is 81, but her mum lived to 101).

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Why would the Queen choose her grandson over him?

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