A recent poll shows that only a quarter of Britons want to see Charles succeed his mother as monarch. The public seems to be in favor of Prince William to have the throne:
Only a quarter of Britons want to see Charles succeed his mother as monarch, according to a representative poll of 2,000 adults.
In comparison, more than half - 54 per cent - would prefer to see the succession jump to Prince William.
This also has to do with how popular Princess Diana was and the fact that Charles is just not as loved by the people as Diana and her sons are.
I realize that Edward VIII abdicated his throne. However, I believe that he was forced to do so because of the Church of England laws of the time in regards to his choice of bride. My understanding is that the same reasons would not affect Charles in any way.
Can Charles simply pass the throne on to William? If so, what is the protocol for doing this?