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Prince Charles set to turn royal homes to public spaces for Britons – report

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The Prince of Wales could open up some of the Royal Family’s private properties for visitors when he becomes King, according to a new report. The purported plans would see historical places like Clarence House, Windsor Castle, Balmoral, Sandringham and Buckingham Palace allow access to visitors.

A royal source told The Sunday Times: “The direction of travel is about greater opening-up of palaces and residences.”

The Queen is said to have been made aware of Prince Charles purported intentions.

The Prince of Wales is believed to have spoken to the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton about the idea.

A royal source explained that Charles “wants to bring people in to connect with the institution.”

They added: “He recognises it needs to keep evolving, and in the modern era people want to be able to access their palaces.

“He embraces that and sees them as public places more than private spaces.”

The claims come after royal expert Gyles Brandreth, a friend of Prince Philip, highlighted how the Royal Family could be changing and becoming a “leaner machine” in coming years.

He said Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will become the head of the Royal Family.

He told Express.co.uk: “We will have the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and we will have Princess Anne.

“We will also have Prince Edward, who is going to become the new Duke of Edinburgh.

“Then we will have William and Catherine for the next generation.

“In a sense, it will be a leaner machine going forward and I think the Duke would have quite of liked that.

“Less to talk about, less to gossip about.”

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