Although Queen Elizabeth has made no announcements to suggest she is stepping down from the throne, experts believe younger royals like Prince William and Kate Middleton need to “step up” their efforts as the monarch continues to age.

The 93-year-old is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, however, recent reports suggest she may abdicate the throne at the age of 95.

During an appearance on the Heir Pod podcast, royal expert, Omid Scobie told Victoria Arbiter that younger royals need to become more involved.

“I spoke to Kensington Palace aides recently just on what is on the horizon for Kate. They said, really the first and second quarter of 2020 is going to be a real serious focus on the Early Years development project that she has been involved in,” she told the co-host.

“We are really going to see her actively involved in several engagements, she’ll be very happy with that. I think it is great because of course, she is a mum, she has three kids and has a very busy plate as it is. But I think to see her taking on, even more, I think is needed at this time.”

Scobie noted that additional help from younger royals is needed now that Queen Elizabeth has cut back on her number of appearances.

“I think it is needed, as the Queen steps back from her duties, we are seeing the younger royals having to step forward and put in a lot more work,” she explained.

Due to Prince Andrew’s connection to convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein, he has created more work for the rest of the royal family. “Of course with Prince Andrew out of the mix, now people are talking about how Princess Anne is going to have to step up and support her mother so much more,” Arbiter added.

For now, it appears the younger royals are making an effort to pick up the slack during a crucial time of transition.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II announced a list of new bills ranging from implementing a yet-to-be finalized EU divorce agreement to criminal sentencing. POOL/Tolga Akmen