Princess Anne's 'underrated style' discussed by commentators
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The Prince of Wales, 72, has been vocal about wanting to “slim down” the monarchy to a few select members and cut costs to the Firm. Experts believe the Princess Royal, who celebrated her 71st birthday on Sunday, will be front and centre as she is “indispensable”.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk Anne is an “exemplary example” of a senior royal.
He said: “There is a good deal of speculation about what a ‘slimmed down monarchy’ will actually look like.
“After the Sussexes stepped down and with Andrew unlikely to resume royal duties, the number of working royals is less and several of those who are still active, are no longer young.
“The Princess Royal is an exemplary example of a senior royal who is renowned for her disdain for show and her hard work.
“Obviously, given the unique international profile of the royal family, its most high profile members will always exist in the royal ‘goldfish bowl’.
“Princess Anne’s dislike of fuss, her undoubted commitment to good causes especially Save the Children and the number of engagements she undertakes, which is usually more than any other royal, all endear her to the public and make her indispensable to the institution in the future.”
Commentators suggest a possible reason for Charles’ royal shake up is to effectively handle the monarchy’s reputation, which has endured turbulence of late.
Slashing the number of working royals to under ten senior figures will help the future King deal with the press, it has been suggested.
Another possible reason could be financially motivated as the Firm is currently funded by the Sovereign grant – a lump sum paid by the Treasury which represents a percentage of profits made by the Crown Estates.
However, it was estimated the Firm could have faced a potential £35million shortfall in income over the past year due to the pandemic.
Royal Editor Robert Jobson told Australian breakfast show Sunrise: “Prince Charles has always said that he wants a slimmed-down Royal Family.
“With him and Camilla as the heads, and then focusing on Prince William and his family.
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“That really is going to be it. Naturally, I think Princess Anne will continue in a role.
“She’s very deeply respected around the world.”
Although experts predict big changes within the Firm, they are confident Charles will not take away any royal titles.
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