Prince Charles is poised to become King should Queen Elizabeth, 93, relinquish her duties by retiring or unfortunately passes away. Once he does become King, the Prince of Wales has some ideas about the monarchy and he is said to have some big changes for the Royal Family in mind.
As the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, the Prince of Wales has been waiting for decades to take the throne and share his ideas about the monarchy with the world.
One source claims that he’s “determined to push the boundaries to prepare for a new style of monarchy,” though it isn’t entirely clear the methods he will use to achieve that end.
There have been speculations that he will choose to slim-down the monarchy to have fewer working royals.
In fact, Royal commentator Brittani Barger claimed Charles’ desire for a slimmed-down monarchy was strengthened in the wake of the Prince Andrew crisis.
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“I think the Andrew crisis has definitely strengthened Prince Charles’s desire for a slimmed-down monarchy,” Brittani told the Daily Star.
She added: “Prince Andrew is now out of the picture. I don’t see him ever undertaking royal duties again, and any hope that his daughters would is now gone.
“So the process of slimming the monarchy has already begun as we know Charles was pushing his mother to meet with Andrew and have him step back from his royal duties.”
However, some speculate that slimming down the monarchy means stripping certain royals of their titles, like Princess Eugenie for example. But that also seems unlikely unless Prince Charles is willing to risk starting a family feud.
While palace sources have been eager to dismiss rumours the Queen may pass the crown to Charles when she reaches 95, there is growing speculation as to the shape the monarchy will take when Charles becomes king.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “It has been widely speculated that once Charles becomes king there will be a ‘slimmed down monarchy’.
“This would, however, mean that the royals, who currently are attached to some 3000 organisations and undertake some 3500 engagements annually, do much less for charity.
“It is therefore questionable whether this is desirable.”
The royals currently support thousands of organisations and initiatives and it may prove impossible for a smaller number of royals to continue this vast workload.
Prince Charles is poised to become King of Britain once Queen Elizabeth, 93, relinquishes her duties by retiring or unfortunately passes away.
However, Prince Charles isn’t the only Windsor who had similar ideas when it came to the monarchy.
Charles’ great uncle, Edward VIII, had similar ideas.
Charles’ goals for his reign and for the monarchy strike some British historians as very similar to those of his great-uncle Edward VIII.
Edward, says Ted Powell, author of King Edward VIII: An American Life, also saw the monarchy as desperately in need of some upgrades – in the 1930s.
Unfortunately for Edward, his reach may have exceeded his grasp.
He hoped, for example, that the Church of England, of which he was the titular head, would look the other way at his marrying a divorced woman, American socialite Wallis Simpson.
They did not, and the resulting controversy cost Edward the throne and almost destroyed the monarchy.
At the time, the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, of the United Kingdom opposed the union between Wallis and Edward, arguing that a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands was politically and socially unacceptable as a prospective Queen Consort to the King.
Edward knew the Baldwin government would resign if the marriage went ahead, which could have forced a general election and would have ruined his status as a politically neutral constitutional monarch.
So, when it became apparent he could not marry Wallis and remain on the throne, he abdicated.