Hilary Mantel says British monarchy in ‘end game’ and may ‘not outlast Prince William’

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The celebrated writer suggested the institution is in its “last big era” and questioned whether the Queen is “the only person who really believes in the monarchy now”. Ms Mantel is best known as the author of a trilogy focused on the life of Thomas Cromwell and his relationship with King Henry VIII.

She spoke at length to the Daily Telegraph about her work and the Royal Family as an institution.

Asked about the monarchy she replied: “I think it’s the end game.

“I don’t know how much longer the institution will go on.

“I’m not sure if it will outlast William. So I think it will be their last big era.

“I wish the Queen had felt able to abdicate, because Charles has had to wait such a long time.

“I understand that she thinks of this as a sacred task, from which you simply cannot abdicate, whereas the rest of us think of it as a job, from which you should be able to retire.”

The Queen is already the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

She came to the throne in 1952 aged just 25 years old.

Ms Mentel suggested the Queen sees remaining monarch as her duty.

She said: “I wonder if she’s the only person who really believes in the monarchy now, and I’m sure she believes with all her heart.

“She believes that she cannot cease to be a monarch – she made those promises to God.

“It’s such a cliché to say, but what a lonely position to be in.


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“It’s a conflict, because most of the world sees the Royal family as a branch of show business.

“And I’m sure that is very far from the Queen’s own thinking.”

On April 9 Prince Philip, who the Queen married in 1947, died aged 99.

His funeral was held at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.

Due to coronavirus restrictions only 30 mourners were able to attend and they were required to wear face masks.

Prince Harry flew back from California for the occasion though Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, did not make the trip following medical advice.

Last month the couple gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey in which they alleged racism within the Royal Family.

Reacting to their decision to step down as frontline royals Ms Mantel said: “I wouldn’t judge them.

“And I don’t believe we will ever know, really, what has happened there. So I just wish them well.”

Harry and Meghan are currently living in an £11.2million mansion north of Los Angeles.
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