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The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, who are second and third in the line of succession respectively, are expected to review the future of the monarchy. Their summit on the Royal Family’s future is understood to have been hastened by the death of Prince Philip and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from the Firm. The two senior royals will consult with the Queen on how best to move forward.

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As a result of the review, Express.co.uk is asking who you think should now lead the Royal Family; the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William or someone else?

Over the coming weeks, the trio are due to discuss how the monarchy should evolve.

Topics under discussion include whether senior royals should continue to carry out the thousands of engagements they currently make each year.

The royals could decide to cut down on the number of visits, or share duties between both senior and part-time royals.

The number of royal patronages could also be cut.

A source said: “The question is whether you start off by deciding how many patronages and engagements there should be, and then work out how many people are needed to achieve them, or whether you decide how many people there should be, which will dictate how many engagements and patronages they can take on.”

William is understood to favour a more targeted approach to royal duties.

Sources told The Sunday Telegraph the Duke believes he can make a more meaningful contribution to the number of organisations he supports by working with fewer.

William currently works with nearly 30 institutions.

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Though change is said to be on the way, insiders said they would happen gradually rather than a “step change”.

For years the Prince of Wales is said to be keen to introduce a slimmed down monarchy, with just a number of senior royals carrying out official duties.

This is seen as a way to quell the public’s disquiet about vast amounts of money being funnelled into the Royal Family, to modernise the monarchy and to make it more efficient.

Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler, told Us Weekly: “Charles has made it quite clear that he intends to slim down the monarchy and reduce the number of full-time working members of the family to those in the immediate line of succession.”

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Following Meghan and Harry’s decision to scale back official duties, Brittani Barger, deputy editor of Royal Central, told the Daily Star: “I think Prince Charles is probably disappointed as he always had Harry and Meghan in his plan for a slimmed-down monarchy.

“Now, that slimmed down monarchy will have to be re-evaluated.”

To fill the gap left by Harry and Meghan, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are expected to step up.

Royal expert and author Penny Junor told Express.co.uk: “We do have some very competent members of the Royal Family who have not always been quite at the forefront.

“And I would say the Wessexes will certainly fall into that category.

“Edward and Sophie have been quietly doing good things in the background and now because there is a vacuum where Harry and Meghan once were.

“I think the press are taking more interest in what they are doing and Sophie is appearing more in the newspapers where perhaps it would have been Meghan before.”

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