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Expert Claims Nostradamus Predicted King Charles III Will Be Replaced

Photo Credits: Max Mumby/ Indigo/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Apic/ Getty Images/ cropped
Photo Credits: Max Mumby/ Indigo/ Getty Images/ cropped, and Apic/ Getty Images/ cropped

In the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death, we’ve heard about many people whose predictions about either the date, year, or her age at the time of passing were quite close. One person who lived over 500 years ago, aided by a modern scholar, might have made the most accurate prediction of all. Known for his prophecies about the future, Nostradamus may have referred to the death of the Queen and provided other insights into the monarchy’s future.

Nostradamus and Mario Reading

Michel de Nostredame, more commonly referred to as Nostradamus, was a French astrologer and alleged seer who is best known for his work Les Prophéties which he published in 1555. They are, according to him, a collection of works that predict events of the future. In recent years, his work has been reinterpreted by many different authors who apply his “predictions” to the modern future.

Painting of Nostradamus resting his head on his hand white writing in a book.
Nostradamus, also known as Michel de Nostredame, French astrologer and alleged seer. (Photo Credit: Rainer Binder/ ullstein bild/ Getty Images)

One of the authors who has assessed Nostradamus’ work is Mario Reading. Reading wrote his book, Nostradamus: The Complete Prophesies for the Future, in 2005. He has also been called one of the leading experts on the predictions that the seer made during his lifetime. The predictions about the monarchy came from Reading’s interpretation of Nostradamus’ material.

Claims about the monarchy

What has captivated people’s attention about Reading’s book on Nostradamus is that he was incredibly accurate about Queen Elizabeth‘s death. In one of his chapters, which talks about King Charles, he wrote, “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.” Evidently, he was right.

Military bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II draped in a flag.
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into The Palace of Westminster during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022. (Photo Credit: Christopher Furlong/ Getty Images)

The predictions about the monarchy as interpreted by Reading, however, didn’t stop there. The other major claim he made is that “King Charles III, weary at the persistent attacks on both himself and his second wife in the twenty-five years since the death of his first wife, Princess Diana, decides to abdicate in favour of Prince William.” Other predictions include that there will be a Third World War that begins in 2023.

Did he predict the future?

The question, then, is how it was possible that someone who lived so many years before Queen Elizabeth and King Charles ever existed to make such accurate predictions about their futures? Essentially, he didn’t. The original work from centuries ago makes no specific references to the British monarchy in 2022, and appears to be simply Reading’s (admittedly impressive) interpretation.

King Charles III standing at a podium giving his proclamation.
King Charles III speaks during his proclamation as King during the accession council, September 10, 2022. (Photo Credit: Victoria Jones/ WPA Pool/ Getty Images)

The predictions are also not specific to any one country in the world. While Reading provides an interesting, and certainly plausible, interpretation of Nostradamus’ work, he also shows just how vague the Frenchman’s original prophesies really were. Reading includes a copy of the original writing at the beginning of the chapter. Translated into English, it reads “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.”

Could it be Harry?

In a 2006 revision of his book, Reading offered a different take on who might become King, based on the line: “A man will replace him who never expected to be king.” Reading wrote, “Does that mean that Prince William, who would have expected to succeed his father, is no longer in the picture? Prince Harry, by process of default, becomes king in his stead? That would make him King Henry IX, aged just 38.”

Prince Harry
Prince Harry arrives for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Photo Credit: Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Although Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, did move up from sixth to fifth in line to the throne, he is still too far down the line of succession to ever be expected to be king.

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Mr. Reading passed away at 63 in 2017. However, his book has experienced newfound popularity following the death of the Queen. It rose to the top of the Sunday Times general paperbacks chart and nearly 8,000 copies were sold in the week ending September 17. According to the Sunday Times, only five copies were sold in the week prior to the monarch’s death.

Rosemary Giles

Rosemary Giles is a history content writer with Hive Media. She received both her bachelor of arts degree in history, and her master of arts degree in history from Western University. Her research focused on military, environmental, and Canadian history with a specific focus on the Second World War. As a student, she worked in a variety of research positions, including as an archivist. She also worked as a teaching assistant in the History Department.

Since completing her degrees, she has decided to take a step back from academia to focus her career on writing and sharing history in a more accessible way. With a passion for historical learning and historical education, her writing interests include social history, and war history, especially researching obscure facts about the Second World War. In her spare time, Rosemary enjoys spending time with her partner, her cats, and her horse, or sitting down to read a good book.