King Charles III has scrapped plans to slim down the monarchy and chosen to keep 11 working royals in the Firm, according to royal experts. But do you support his decision not to streamline the Royal Family? Vote in our poll.
Two months after the King’s ascension to the throne, sources have said there are “no plans” to reduce the number of working royals.
The Daily Express’ Royal Correspondent Richard Palmer claimed that His Majesty and royal advisors have “ruled out” cutting down the Firm.
Speaking on the Daily Express’ Royal Round-Up podcast Mr Palmer said he was “surprised” by the news shared with him by sources close to the King.
Host Pandora Forsyth questioned the U-turn, asking: “I thought the plan was when Charles took the throne, he would be slimming it down even further.”
Mr Palmer responded: “I suspected this would have been a good time for the late Queen’s cousins to decide they could enjoy a few years of retirement having served the monarchy and nation. But they haven’t done.”
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He continued: “What has been made clear to me on behalf of the King, or those close to him, is that currently there is no plan to cut the number of working royals.
“When you look at what happens in other European monarchies, the UK has the largest number of working royals.
“There is an argument that we have a bigger population and the Commonwealth as well, where an awful lot of work goes on. But in most monarchies, four or five people tend to represent them. It surprised me.”
Working royals are the most senior members of the Firm and are typically close to the line of succession. They regularly represent the monarchy and conduct engagements for the Crown.
It has long been reported that Charles planned to streamline the monarchy when he took the throne by reducing the number of working royals to a core team, but he is reportedly taking a more conservative approach.
The King’s Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William, Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne will all feature prominently in Charles’ reign.
Aides have suggested that since Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from public life in the Royal Family, it would be challenging for the remaining royals to cover all necessary engagements.
As a result the cousins of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Alexandra, 85, the Duke of Kent, 87, and the Duke of Gloucester, 78, with his wife the Duchess of Gloucester, 76, are expected to continue as senior royals.
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A senior royal source told the Daily Express last month: “There are no current plans to change anything on that front.”
Similarly, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, Joe Little, suggested that the late Queen’s cousins should continue to help manage the workload.
He explained: “I think they are needed to just carry on what they are doing.”
So what do YOU think? Is the King right to ditch plans for a slimmed-down monarchy? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.