Michel de Nostredame, more popularly known by his Latinized name Nostadramus, seemingly predicted that King Charles III would abdicate and “a man who never expected to become king” would end up taking over the throne, according to an interpretation of the French astrologer’s prophecies.
In his book “Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies for the Future,” author Mario Reading claimed that the 22nd quatrain of Century X in Nostradamus’ “The Prophecies” referred to Charles’ abdication.
“Because they disapproved of his divorce, A man, who later, they considered unworthy, The people will force out the King of the Islands, A man will replace him who never expected to be king,” the section read, according to Reading’s translation of Nostradamus’ 1555 work.
Reading interpreted the quatrain as a warning that “resentments” against Charles “held against by a certain proportion of the British population, following his divorce from Diana, Princess of Wales, still persist.”
He then claimed that the 74-year-old monarch would abdicate in favor of his eldest son, Prince William, due to “pressure,” the Daily Star reported.
Reading reiterated the prophecy that Charles would be replaced by his son in a 2006 revision of his book, but he no longer specified which of the two would become the new king.
“Does that mean that Prince William, who would have expected to succeed his father, is no longer in the picture? And that Prince Harry, by process of default, becomes king in his stead?” Reading said.
William is currently Charles’ heir, while Harry is fifth in line to the throne behind his two nephews and niece.
Reading predicted Queen Elizabeth II‘s death this year in the 2005 version of “Nostradamus: The Complete Prophecies for the Future.”
“The preamble is that Queen Elizabeth II will die, circa 2022, at the age of around ninety-six, five years short of her mother’s term of life,” he wrote.
The author also claimed in the work that Charles III would become “King of the Islands,” which implied that he would only rule the United Kingdom rather than all of Britain’s former territories, such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.