Prince Charles slapped down by expert as key ‘problem’ with monarchy plan exposed

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PRINCE CHARLES has been slapped down by a royal expert, who told Express.co.uk of a key “problem” with his apparent plan to shake up the monarchy.

The future King is reported to be concerned that the public get value for money from the Royal Family and apparently wants to streamline the number of core royals, who make up “The Firm”.

However, there remains a key “problem” with the idea of a “slimmed-down” monarchy, according to Richard Fitzwilliams.

Speaking about the Royal Family, the royal commentator told Express.co.uk: “They are attached to 3,000 organisations or institutions.

“The thing is there is this problem with the so-called slimmed down monarchy. It is already slimmed down.”

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Prince Charles slapped down by expert as key 'problem' with monarchy plan exposed

Prince Charles slapped down by expert as key ‘problem’ with monarchy plan exposed (Image: GETTY)

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Charles and Camilla: At Royal Ascot (Image: GETTY)

In recent years, senior royals have relinquished their royal duties, including the Queen’s son Prince Andrew.

The Duke of York stepped down from his royal duties after reaching an out-of-court settlement with Virginia Giuffre, which was not an admission of guilt after he was accused of sexual abuse, claims he vigorously denied.

The other royals to step down from their duties in recent years were Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Queen’s grandson and his wife, who now live in the US, announced their plan to step back from their royal roles in 2020.

Her Majesty then confirmed last year that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would not return as working royals.

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Queen: Has been absent from some engagements (Image: GETTY)

He said: “Andrew and the Sussexes are no longer performing royal duties. It has already happened.”

The commentator added that the Royal Family’s reduced size would affect the number of royal patronages that are handed out.

The expert claimed this could be the case until Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children take on royal duties.

He said: “Some who are performing their duties are not young. They are of an advanced age.

Prince Charles: Will succeed Queen as monarch

Prince Charles: Will succeed Queen as monarch (Image: GETTY)

“So, until the Cambridges’ children are able to perform royal duties, there will be far fewer patronages, I think, or certainly fewer.”

Mr Fitzwilliams expects that Charles will rule with his own style, noting the various causes he has allied himself with over the years, such as protecting the natural environment.

He said: “Every monarch is an individual with an individual touch and a particular angle to their work and to the rules.

“You would expect him to do so, and we know where his enthusiasm lies. There is no doubt.

Charles has stressed that he does recognise the difference between his current role as heir apparent and his future position as King.

He told the BBC in 2018: “I’m not that stupid. I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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