Queen showing signs of 'slimming down' the monarchy says expert
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The Queen’s traditional Christmas Day speech paid a heartfelt tribute to her beloved late husband, Prince Philips. She spoke of the new young generation as she discussed the birth of “four more” members of the Royal Family this year. Former royal butler Grant Harrold claimed the Queen offered a glimpse into plans of “slimming down” the family, with only seven close members set to continue working for the sovereign under Prince Charles.
Speaking to GB News, Mr Harrold was asked: “She also mentioned the arrival of some new royals but there was no mention of Meghan and Harry. What are your thoughts on it? Are we leading too much into this?
He replied: “She doesn’t mention every name of the royal family during speech.
“I knew a few years ago, it was obviously noted that when there were photographs passed around, they were already missing from those photographs. It’s kinda being said that the future of the Monarchy, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William, his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and their children – that is the future.
“There is going to be a slimmed-down Monarchy and I hope it is many years away, once the Queen is no longer with us I think it is going to change.”
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He continued: “I think it is what she is already doing. I think she has kind of shown us all, this is the future of the Monarchy.
“Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess of Sussex will always be part of the Royal Family, that is never gonna change but they are no longer working members.
“There are members of the Royal Family across the country, across the world who are there, who support the family and what they do but they don’t take up a role and I think that’s the reality taken forward.”
The Queen’s Christmas Speech was broadcasted on Christmas Day and she focussed it on paying tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, who died in April this year.
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Her Majesty proudly applauded the efforts of “our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William – admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine – most recently at the COP climate change summit in Glasgow”.
The Queen’s emotional speech was a trip down memory lane about her relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh and his pivotal role within the Royal Family.
She said: “In the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from around the country, the Commonwealth, and the world.”
“His sense of service, intellectual curiosity, and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation were all irrepressible.
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“That mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him.”
She also welcomed the arrival of four new members of the Royal Family as a “joyous” occasion amid the difficulty her family and millions of others in the UK went through.
Her Majesty said: “And for me and my family, even with one familiar laugh missing this year, there will be joy in Christmas, as we have the chance to reminisce, and see anew the wonder of the festive season through the eyes of our young children, of whom we were delighted to welcome four more this year.”
The Queen became a great-grandmother for the 12th time in September when Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi welcomed daughter Sienna Elizabeth.
Princess Eugenie gave birth to her son August in February, followed shortly after in March by cousin Zara Phillips welcoming son Lucas.
Completing the quartet of royal babies is Lilibet Diana, the youngest child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who was born in June.
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