King Charles has ‘no plan to cut working royals’ says expert
King Charles is currently supported by 11 working royals who carry out engagements on behalf of the Firm, but his slimmed-down monarchy means the royals are conducting fewer appearances.
The working royals include Queen Camilla, Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, Princess Anne, Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Edward and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh. The first cousins of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. also work full-time for the Firm.
The Royal Family undertook seven per cent fewer engagements in the first half of this year compared to last year.
Appearances are also down 31 percent compared to pre-pandemic figures in 2019 when there were 15 working royals supporting the Queen.
Patricia Treble, a Canadian journalist and royal specialist, told The Morning Show earlier this month that the King needs to “figure out how to live up to the late Queen’s maxim, ‘I have to be seen to be believed’.”
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One royal expert has claimed that the King could turn to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and ask them to step up as working royals to help manage the workload.
Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond told OK! Magazine last month: “Beatrice and Eugenie are the obvious choices if the Royal Family suddenly finds itself so slimmed down that there simply aren’t enough of them to go round.
“As their mother [Sarah Ferguson] said in her podcast, the two women do a fair bit of charity work quietly behind the scenes. Perhaps this is the best way to go.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh’s 19-year-old daughter, Lady Louise and their 15-year-old son James, Earl of Wessex have also been highlighted as candidates to become working royals in the future.
Host of Pod Save The King podcast Ann Gripper and Russell Myers discussed the young royal’s roles in the Firm earlier this year, highlighting their parent’s choice to keep them out of the spotlight by not giving them royal titles.
Mr Myers said: “There’s the argument of if they did want to be part of it, could they put in an application and say to King Charles: ‘We really do want to support you and the monarchy’.
“And they [the Royal Family] could do with two young people who are by all intents and purposes very mature for their age, they know the business of the monarchy and their parents are very grounded.”
Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, were also not given royal titles, allowing them to pursue careers outside of the Royal Family without responsibilities to the Firm.
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