Royal Family to be 'slimmed down' says Gyles Brandreth
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Prince Philip’s friend and royal biographer Gyles Brandreth explained what he expects the slimmed-down monarchy to look like. While speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Mr Brandreth explained what Prince Charles is likely to do when he is king. He said there will only likely be five members of the Royal Family in the new slimmed-down version.
He named Prince Charles as King, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate and Prince Edward.
He said: “When Prince Philip joined the Royal Family it was a very small Royal Family.
“It was just the King and the Queen and the two princesses.
“Over the years the Royal Family has grown into something that is quite unwieldy.
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“I think in the years to come we are going to see a much more slimmed down Royal Family, going back to what it was like generations ago.
“We will see the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate.
“We will also see Prince Edward continuing the work of the Duke of Edinburgh when he is recreated the Duke of Edinburgh which will happen in the fullness of time.”
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex is also expected to be included in the top team of royal workers as she is not only the wide of Prince Edward but also has often been indicated as one of the most reliable supporters of the Queen
Royal expert Angela Levin has also commented on her expectations of Prince Charles and his slimmed-down monarchy.
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She told TalkRadio: “Prince Charles has wanted for a very long time to cut the monarchy down to save costs and to make people be worth the money that they got from the taxpayer.
“I imagine that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the Royal family.
“I think the outer edge, which the Queen has wanted to keep together for a very long time for sentimental reasons, which at her age she didn’t really particularly want change which I think is understandable.
“But he wants to change and I think he will do that.”
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Princess Anne, the Queen and Prince Philip’s only daughter, is also likely to be kept on as a working royal because of her commitment to the Crown, which has repeatedly resulted in the Princess Royal being named the hardest-working member of the family.
Royal experts have also discussed how the workload would be distributed among those in the slimmed-down monarchy.
Royal commentator Omid Scobie said: “We often talk about the slimmed-down future for The Firm.
“But we don’t often talk about how that might affect the workload.
“That list of patronages that the Duke of Edinburgh had to his name is quite overwhelming to look at.
“And I don’t think that there is a system in place that could properly distribute those to all of the other working royals.”
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