Prince Charles’ big plan to slim down the Royal Family has been served a huge blow in Megxit, an expert has told Daily Star Online.
The heir to the throne, 71, has reportedly long wanted to reduce the monarchy to a small group when the Queen dies and he becomes King.
He is said to want to have away with outsider members and trim the number of royals down to a bare minimum – consisting of his close family, their wives and children.
Daily Star Online previously reported how the Prince Andrew crisis over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein – which forced him to step down – might have jump started the plan.
But just two weeks ago the Royal Family was plunged into fresh crisis when senior royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sensationally announced they were stepping back.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now set to officially step down from royal duties in spring, giving up their HRH titles and public funding in the process.
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A royal commentator has now warned that the Megxit crisis – which will see Harry and Meghan embark on a new life in Canada – will be a big blow to Charles’ plan.
Brittani Barger, deputy editor of Royal Central, told Daily Star Online that Charles will now need to re-evaluate his long-awaited blueprint.
She said: “I think Prince Charles is probably disappointed as he always had Harry and Meghan in his plan for a slimmed-down monarchy.
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“Now, that slimmed down monarchy will have to be re-evaluated.”
Brittani had previously predicted Princess Anne would be among the victims of Charles’ plan, but now thinks that will now have to change.
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“Does he include the Wessexes and Princess Anne now? It almost seems like he will have to, to keep up with the work that Meghan and Harry would have been doing,” she told us.
The commentator reckons that Charles’ plan aside, the Prince of Wales will be feeling deeply hurt by Harry’s move.
“It's his son, daughter-in-law and grandson – knowing they have been this miserable has to upset him,” Brittani added.
Charlie Proctor, editor of Royal Central, previously told us that the Prince Andrew crisis will have strengthened Charles’ desire for a minimal monarchy.
“I should imagine there were plenty of people sceptical of reports that Prince Charles wanted a slimmed down monarchy when he became king,” he told Daily Star Online.
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“It was widely thought that his siblings and other extended members of The Royal Family provided valuable work, so might have been opposed by some.
"It is still true that the extended royals perform valuable work. Princess Anne and the Earl & Countess of Wessex for example are some of the hardest working royals, and a slimmed down monarchy would see them as casualties.
“However, since the Prince Andrew debacle and the events surrounding his Newsnight interview, I should imagine support for a slimmed-down monarchy have shot up overnight.
"For all the positive work royals do in their line of work, it takes only one incident for everything to unravel.
“Prince Andrew would probably have been sidelined during King Charles’s reign anyhow, but his expulsion from public duties has now been sped up.
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"Also gone are any chances of Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie ever becoming working royals. Andrew has always hoped and lobbied for his daughters to become full-time royals as they were the only blood princesses a few years ago. There is now no chance they will ever conduct engagements on behalf of Queen Elizabeth or King Charles.
"Charles only wants his immediate family conducting engagements. This consists of himself, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry & Meghan. In time, the Cambridge children will also become part of ‘The Firm’.
"By the time Charles takes to the throne, most of the royals who aren’t in his immediate family will be approaching retirement. The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra are already in their 80s. Similarly the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester are in their 70s. It will be a shame to lose them from the royal circuit, and a lot of charities will need to find new patrons.
“To have a true slimmed down monarchy, Princess Anne and Prince Edward would have to go too. Hopefully Charles isn’t planning for this as not many people have worked harder for the institution of monarchy than Anne, Edward & Sophie.”
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