Royal shock claim: Prince Charles to diminish British Monarchy amid public backlash


PRINCE CHARLES may diminish the Monarchy when he becomes King with the British public backlash over taxpayer money, claimed royal correspondent Juliet Rieden.

The Queen has granted permission for Prince Andrew to step back from royal duties “for the foreseeable future”, following the Duke of York opening up about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Royal correspondent Juliet Rieden believes this move could be the first step towards “slimming down” the Royal Family, referring to reports of Prince Charles diminishing the Monarchy to a “core group” when he becomes King.

Ms Rieden told Nine News Australia: “There has been a lot of reporting over the years about a ‘slimmed down’ Monarchy under Prince Charles.

“And that when Prince Charles becomes King he will slim down the Monarchy to a core group, which is largely his own family and their wives and children.

“But we will see what will happen.

“Certainly, Prince Andrew stepping out of Monarchy work at the moment is moving towards that slimmed down Monarchy.


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“I think that is a good move, because the British public does not want to be paying taxpayer money for someone who they see as bringing the Monarchy into disrepute.”

Earlier in November, SNP politician Dr Philippa Whitford said there is “definitely a case” for “slimming down” the Royal Family.

Speaking on BBC Question Time, she said: “With regards to Prince Andrew there’s nobody above the law and I’m not convinced that just going ‘oh I’ll step back’ is enough.

“I think he should be involved, I think he should be giving evidence and not able to just squirrel off and hide from it.

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Royal news Prince Andrew was interviewed on the BBC by Emily Maitlis (Image BBC)

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Royal expert Juliet Rieden discusses Prince Charles on Australian TV (Image TODAY)

“But people have huge affection and admiration for the Queen, people understand what she went through when her uncle abdicated and you know why she will never abdicate. But there are cascades of royals where people feel just exactly what do they contribute, in comparison to their own swanning around?”

She added: “It’s actually the Queen herself, the core of the family, that visitors come to see, the whole changing of the guard, the pomp and circumstance.

“They’re not particularly even aware of a cousin twice removed, but they’re all clinging onto that. And I think there definitely is a case to be slimming down the Royal Family.”

The comments follow Prince Andrew, in a statement announcing his decision to step back from royal duties, confessing his former association with Epstein had become a “major disruption” to the Royal Family.

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Royal news experts discuss Prince Charles scaling back the monarchy (Image TODAY)

The second son of the Queen also repeated his “regret” over his “ill-judged association” with the convicted sex offender.

Andrew also expressed sympathy for Epstein’s victims, adding that the convicted sex offender’s suicide has “left many unanswered questions”.

Prince Andrew said: “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support.

“Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.

“I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.

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Line of royal succession to the throne (Image EXPRESS)

“I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”

Epstein killed himself in jail in August, where he was being held on fresh charges with a tentative trial date set in mid-2020.

The Duke’s decision comes after he cancelled at the last moment a visit to Yorkshire where he was due to meet residents impacted by the devastating floods in Fishlake and Stainforth.

Over the weekend, Prince Andrew made headlines over his relationship with Epstein after the Duke sat down with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis for a Newsnight interview that aired on Saturday.

The Duke of York was questioned by Ms Maitlis about his relationship with Epstein, as well as his alleged interactions with a then 17-year-old girl – Virginia Roberts.

The 57-year-old denied spending time with Virginia Roberts, who has alleged she met the royal in London, saying he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice to a birthday party at Pizza Express in Woking.

He said he remembered it “distinctly” because “going to Pizza Express in Woking is a very unusual thing for me to do”. Prince Andrew also told Ms Maitlis: “I’ve only been to Woking a couple of times and I remember it weirdly distinctly.”