Prince William and Prince Charles to hold summit on Royal Family future after Megxit


PRINCE WILLIAM and Prince Charles will hold a summit on the future of the Royal Family for the next two generations.

Royal insiders say William, Charles and Her Majesty will discuss over the coming weeks how the monarchy should evolve.

The discussions would centre on whether the Royal Family should carry on with its traditional model of thousands of engagements a year.

Suggested alternatives are believed to be whether to spread out between a broad base of full-time and part-time working royals, or cut down the number of engagements and patronages and use fewer members of the family to fulfil them.

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.”

The sources told The Sunday Telegraph William favours a more targeted approach to Royal Family duties.

They told the outlet the Duke believes he can make a more meaningful contribution to the number of organisations he supports by working with fewer.

Insiders have also said any changes to the monarch would happen gradually rather than a “step change”.

Sources also told the Telegraph official and personal duties cannot be decided separately because they are too closely linked.

British Royal Family at Trooping the Colour Queen Elizabeth, The Prince of Wales Charles, The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne attending the annual trooping the color is to honor the Queens official birthday in London, UK on June 17, 2017

Prince William news: Charles has long supported slimming down the monarchy (Image: PA)

The summit is in response to the death of Philip and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from The Firm.

Royal expert and author Penny Junor told both Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex could take over the roles left vacant by the Sussex royals.

She said: “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.” graphic explaining the line of succession for the British Royal Family

Prince William news: Prince Charles is next in the line of succession for the crown (Image: EXPRESS) graphic explaining Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship

Prince William news: Harry and Meghan stepped down from the Royal Family this year (Image: EXPRESS)

Charles has been said to support a slimmed down monarchy, originally with only seven royals carrying out appearances and duties.

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.”

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.”


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