‘Modest flat above the shop’ Prince Charles will reduce Buckingham Palace’s royal quarters

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PRINCE CHARLES plans to reduce the Monarch’s living residence at Buckingham Palace to no more than a ‘flat’ above the shop when he becomes king.

The Prince of Wales aims to reduce the size of the Monarchy when he ascends to the throne. The Monarch’s living quarters at Buckingham Palace which currently has 188 staff bedrooms and 52 Royal guest bedrooms will be cut.

“But it will be a much more modest flat-above-the-shop situation akin to that of the Prime Minister at Downing Street.”

Prince Charles has also said he plans to avoid moving into Windsor Castle due to the noisy Heathrow flight path.

A source spoke to the Mail on Sunday about the slimmed down monarchy: “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?

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Prince of Wales (Image: PA)

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Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)

“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.”

The sourced added: “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.”

The Mail on Sunday reported other plans include transforming Balmoral into a museum.

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Prince Charles and Camilla (Image: PA)

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Prince Charles (Image: PA)

A source said: “The talk is of opening a museum paying tribute to the Queen.”

Also the reported plans include the Duke of Duchess of Cambridge moving into Windsor Castle.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl previously said the town would be the “ideal situation” for the royal couple as they would be close enough to the capital to return for royal engagements.

The royal biographer told OK!: “Neither William or Kate have ever been London people and have never enjoyed the chaos of the city.

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Prince Charles and Camilla (Image: PA)

“The castle is huge in itself and is the Queen’s permanent residence now but there are other housing options for them.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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