"Actually, Akhenaten couldn't have killed Tutankhamen. He had died four years before Tut even started ruling! Nefertiti actually dissapeared during Akhenaten's reign, so we don't know if she died or what, but that was also before Tutankhamen's rule"
I thought Nefertiti ruled for Tut while he was still young and didnt want to give up the throne?
hi Pharaoh Kel, Q. Nefertiti disappears about Yr. 14 of Akhenaten's reign. The belief that Nefertiti ruled for Tut while he was still young was an early post rediscovery of Amarna, theory. It has since been dismissed as not probable. The newer theory that she ruled as Akhenaten's co-regent Smenkhkara because she didn't want to give up power. Is an alteration of the original theory that she ruled as Tutankhamun's Regent. This is because just as Q. Nefertiti disappears, Smenkhkara appears from "no where" to rule at Akhenaten's side. This is based upon similarities between the throne names of Nefertiti and Smenkhkara.
However there are other more likely reasons for this similarity. These are never discussed because they don't sell as well to the public wanting the scoop on these people.
No one actually appears to have been offically declared a Regent of Tutankhamun when he came to the throne. Perhaps the age of his Queen prevented the need for one? It is ASSUMED not proven, that Ay and perhaps Horemheb, were the power behind young Tutankhamun.
This is considered probable by European experts based upon the fact that historically European royals if they came to the throne young had Regents. However European royals are not 18th Dynasty Royals. Amenophis III, who ruled prior to Akhenaten came to the throne at about 12. He too, like Tutankhamun appears not to have had an offical Regent in the early part of his reign.
Perhaps what happened to Thutmosis III in his co-regency made later 18th Dynasty Pharaohs less than eager to name a Regent for an underage Pharaoh.