PRINCE CHARLES plans to “dampen a sense of entitlement among royals” and reshape the Royal Family into an institution more suitable for the 21st century, a royal author has said.
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Prince Charles wants to follow the example of his European counterparts and modernise the institution of monarchy to the point where the privilege of being a senior member of the Royal Family will be balanced out by a number of responsibilities, a royal expert said. Nigel Cawthorne, author of ‘Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace’ published by Gibson Square, told Express.co.uk: “The idea of the monarchy he sees, and in which he seems to be supported by William and, increasingly, it would appear the Queen, is one that suits the 21st century.
“Like the Windsors’ relatives who reign in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Spain, he prefers to dampen a sense of entitlement among royals.
“Being born as a Windsor is a privilege, but it doesn’t mean that being a certain number in line to throne means an entitlement to housing and other perks of The Firm.
“Furthermore, Prince Charles would feel that such privilege comes with great responsibility.”
The author pointed out that the slimmed-down monarchy foreseen by Prince Charles would also be beneficial to those members of the Royal Family who happened to be born within the House of Windsor but don’t want to live a life under the spotlight.
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Prince Charles is planning to reshape the institution of monarchy (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles wants to follow the example of his European counterparts (Image: GETTY)
Mr Cawthorne continued: “Not every royal is equally suited for a public role and others may not want a life in the spotlights.
“Prince Charles and Prince William have no choice in the matter, and nor will Prince George in due course.
“But for other Windsors, a royal role is both a gift and a personal choice.”
Prince Charles is the heir apparent to the throne (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles is believed to have been planning to reduce the number of full-time working royals and possibly strip those who don’t represent the Crown of their HRH styles for years.
This plan is said to have angered Prince Andrew in 2012, as he feared his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice would lose their title as they have their own careers and aren’t full-time working royals.
While the extended family usually attends key events in the royal calendar such as Trooping the Colour, only a handful of people in the line to the throne are considered senior royals – and work full-time to represent the Crown and receive taxpayers’ money.
Prince Andrew is said to have voiced his upset at Charles’s plans to slim down the monarchy (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior royals in March (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles’s plans to restructure the monarchy may have been made easier by the decision of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to step down as full-time working royals.
Similarly, Prince Andrew announced in November his decision to temporarily step back from public office, following his car crash interview to Newsnight and the ongoing Epstein investigation.
Lady Glenconner, Princess Margaret’s lady-in-waiting, pointed out earlier this year how these decisions smoothed over Prince Charles’s plans for monarchy.
She said: “Prince Charles has always wanted to make the Royal Family ‘slimmer’.
The Queen ascended to the throne in 1952 (Image: EXPRESS)
“Now he’s got it in spades! There are hardly any of them left!”
Fewer working members won’t mean a minor commitment to patronages and causes currently backed by the royals, according to Mr Cawthorne.
He said: “I am certain that the Prince has any intention of shrinking the influence of the monarchy itself or its support for over 3000 charities and other causes in Britain, or others around the world.
Prince Charles officially became the Prince of Wales more than 50 years ago (Image: GETTY)
“One only has to look for this at Charles’s stewardship of the Duchy of Cornwall, which comfortably sits both in the past and the modern world and has become a far greater part of Britain than it ever was before he was created Duke.
“He has similar plans for the palace.
“The website of the Royal Family says that there are 2000 royal engagements every year throughout the world.
“It won’t be hard at all to cover all of these with a lower number of HRHs than there are now, whatever their age if one but considers what the Queen and Prince Philip achieved and the Queen continues to do.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK