Prince Charles will be a 'different type of monarch' says expert
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Royal commentator Camilla Tominey said the Prince of Wales is likely to slim down the monarchy when he takes to the throne. Ms Tominey added that Charles will want to “make sure everybody is doing their bit”.
Speaking on the Telegraph’s Royal Insight, Ms Tominey said: “There’s this sense that he wants a slimmed-down monarchy to make sure that everybody is doing their bit and no so-called hangers-on.”
There has been speculation over the years about Charles’s reported plans to slim down the Royal Family.
Ms Tominey highlighted how the monarchy has already shrunk after Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties.
She said: “On one hand it’s probably a good idea for when Trooping the Colour happens for us not to see such a vast array of royals on the balcony at Buckingham Palace because it then begs the question who are all these people and what are they doing.
“On the other hand the upper echelons of monarchy have become increasingly depleted.
“So we now have no Duke and Duchess of Sussex, no Duke of York and even before he died Prince Philip had retired from public life so was no longer doing public-facing jobs.
“That means that there are too few royals to go around.”
Ms Tominey also said a “recalibration of what it means to be a royal” has been underway.
The expert explained that members of the Royal Family like Prince William and Kate are picking “themes” rather than public engagements such as unveiling plaques or planting trees.
Ms Tominey highlighted the Duchess of Cambridge’s early childhood initiative and the Duke’s environmental Earthshot Prize.
She said: “Therefore that means by association that you’re going to have fewer royals doing fewer patronages and then what does that mean for the charities.
“Equally when Charles accedes to the throne, what’s going to happen to all the organisations of which the Queen is patron.
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“There is going to be this problem with this idea that there’s too much work to go around and not enough royals to cover it.”
Ms Tominey’s comments come after reports Charles will live in a “flat above the shop” in Buckingham Palace when he becomes King.
Speaking last month, a source told the Mail on Sunday: “The central point is: when the Queen is no longer here, how do you effectively spread two generations of the family across quite a large number of properties?
“The Prince of Wales strongly believes that these places have got to deliver something for the public beyond just being somewhere for members of the Royal Family to live.
“Everything is seen through the lens of the question: ‘What value is this offering to the public?’
“Everybody recognises it makes no sense to run so many residences but if you give them up entirely you will never get them back when Prince George and the younger royals grow up and need somewhere to live.”
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