Meghan and Harry: Prince Charles give 'more detail' says expert
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The Prince of Wales has previously hinted he would slim down the monarchy when he becomes King, seeing only himself, Prince William and Harry retain their titles and royal duties. But following Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision not to return to royal duties last month, along with their interview with Oprah Winfrey, experts have suggested the Royal Family cannot be smaller than it already is.
Robert Hazell, constitutional scholar at University College London and the co-editor of The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy, suggested that while a smaller monarchy means less risk, the Royal Family’s size matches that of Great Britain.
He said: “They need a large team to service the demand. Talk to any lord lieutenant—they’re the queen’s representatives in each county, who organise the bids for royal visits.
“I know our local lord lieutenant very well, and he says that the demand for royal visits far exceeds what the palace can supply. I have no doubt that it’s similar in other counties. That’s the dilemma that they face.
“That’s why, although Prince Charles has said that he would like to slim down the size of the royal family, by which he means have a smaller team, in practice he’ll find that quite difficult when he becomes king.”
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Mr Hazell went onto compare the British and Norwegian Royal Families.
He told the outlet: “The population of the UK is 66 million, so it’s 13 times larger than that of Norway, and one of the main functions of the royal family is to get out there and be seen.
“You need a much bigger team, and the British royal family team, when I wrote that, was 15 people. It’s now shrunk by three.
“It lost Prince Andrew at the end of 2019, and it lost Harry and Meghan at the beginning of last year, so it’s now down to 12.”
Other royal experts have suggested Charles “will find it hard” to reign in his personal opinions when he becomes King.
Glynis Barber, narrator of Channel 5’s ‘Secrets of the Royals’, said: “Unlike the Queen, whose opinions remain secret, Prince Charles has already expressed his views in public.
“He has done this from topics ranging from the environment to architecture.”
Former MP and commentator Edwina Currie added: “What Prince Charles will find hard to do is curb his statement of opinions.
“Or pushing the Government to do things as we don’t want the Royals to take sides.”
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Graham Smith, CEO of anti-royal group Republic, also warned the Prince of Wales may not garner the same popularity from the public as Queen Elizabeth II when he takes the throne.
Mr Smith told Express.co.uk: “He is openly political on any issue he takes an interest in, from architecture to the environment and NHS spending.
“He has values that don’t sit well with the British public.”
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