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Prince Andrew ‘resisting’ Charles and William’s plans for Royal Family in ‘internal scrap’

Prince Andrew: Queen's 'personal battle' outlined by host

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Prince Charles – the longest-serving Prince of Wales – reportedly wants to put his stamp on the monarchy once he finally ascends the throne. The Prince of Wales’ ambition to create a more “slimmed down” monarchy is well established, with royal journalist Camilla Tominey predicting that he will likely want a more active, but reduced, core unit of senior royals.

She said: “There’s this sense that he wants a slimmed-down monarchy to make sure that everybody is doing their bit and [there are] no so-called hangers-on.”

She added that he will be looking to maintain the monarchy’s cultural relevance and popularity, forging a public-facing Royal Family “that’s fit for the future”.

Nigel Cawthorne, author of ‘Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace’, told Express.co.uk that Prince Andrew has long chafed against the designs of the heir apparent and the second-in-line to cut off the branches of royal bloodlines.

He described how a slimming down of the monarchy has appeared to be in the works for Charles and William “for quite some time”.

He claimed: “It is something that Andrew has resisted.”

He emphasised the importance the Duke of York places on his daughters, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, retaining their royal titles and the protections that accompany them.

He added: “There was a bit of a scrap in the Royal Family internally about this matter.”

Prince Charles’s relationship with his brother suffered when he made it known in around a decade ago that he would pursue a more streamlined model of the monarchy.

Royal expert Katie Nicholls told Express.co.uk in July last year that it had generated significant “tensions” within the senior royal households.

She said: “When Charles made his vision for a streamlined monarch very clear around the time of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, that was a big issue for Prince Andrew.”

She added: “His view was that they had HRH titles therefore they are blood Princesses, therefore they should be full-time working royals.

“It didn’t pan out that way and that definitely caused tensions between the royal brothers.”

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Both Princess Eugenie and Beatrice hold down full-time positions outside their work for the Royal Family.

They are a contrast to their cousins, a number of whom do not hold the title of HRH, despite being entitled to do so.

Prince Andrew and his then-wife, Sarah Ferguson, had been adamant that their daughters received this title.

But the same decision was not reached by Prince Andrew’s sister, the Princess Royal.

Princess Anne did not opt to bestow the HRH title on her children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips.

Princess Anne told Vanity Fair that she wanted a normal life for her children, adding that royal titles, and the responsibilities they brought with them, had “downsides”.

A similar conclusion was reached by the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, were styled as the offspring of an earl.

Sophie Wessex explained the decision to The Sunday Times in 2020: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.

“Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.”

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