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Next year could be Queen’s toughest – the royals are already rebooting -CHRISTOPHER WILSON

Next year could be Queen's toughest - the royals are already rebooting -CHRISTOPHER WILSON

The Queen and Prince Charles are often to be seen side-by-side, while Kate, Camilla and the Queen travel to Scotland next month for the COP26 summit in Glasgow. These are jobs which once would have been attended by a single generation of royals – now it’s two and sometimes three. The national emergency of the past 19 months has brought a greater need from the nation to engage, when possible, with our first family.

A royal visit always works wonders on morale and the House of Windsor has obliged. Photographers are having to work overtime.

The other side of the coin is the defection of Prince Harry and the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew, two separate crises that have struck at the heart of monarchy and caused the remaining members to close ranks, think afresh and reboot their act.

As a strategy it’s working, and working well. More positive news flows daily than ever before, and as a result the institution is looking less shaky than it was a few months ago.

Behind the smiles and the waves, however, lies a strategic recalibration to take account of the uncertainties next year, which is likely to prove the most challenging yet to face the Queen since she came to the throne.

Without the constraints of public duty, there’s no knowing what the Sussexes might do next.

Their supporters point to the fact that Harry and Meghan’s declared aim is to do good for the world, but there’s barely a day when they don’t dent the royal escutcheon back home.

The impending trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, and the ghost of Jeffrey Epstein, hang over the royal house like the Sword of Damocles, dangling by a thread.

Last weekend PrinceWilliam revealed, as far as he’s concerned, the Duke of York is no longer a working royal and, whatever Prince Andrew’s ambitions, his days in public life are over. For many this comes as a relief, but it sharpens the focus on the diminished number of royals left.

the Queen, last week attending a service for the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey, was supported by a walking stick: a jolting reminder that she will be 96 on her next birthday.

But her acid COMMENT at the Welsh Assembly about climate-change countries who “talk but don’t do” shows just how sharp her mind remains. That she continues to do all that she does do is little short of a miracle – but it can’t go on forever.

Waiting in the wings is the fatherand-son act of Prince Charles and Prince William.

But how will Charles, soon to be 73, and William, 39, share out their duties – and can they work in tandem?

Charles believes that part of the magic of monarchy is a certain grandeur. He lives with a vast retinue of servants and staff, and maintains at least five separate homes.

He’s made mistakes – the recent resignation of his right-hand man Michael Fawcett in a cash-for-access scandal is a case in point. Fawcett remains the Prince’s Achilles’ heel.

Charles’s “black-spider memos” to ministers. Many feel his role should remain non-political – but evidently he doesn’t .

William, on the other hand, has so far avoided controversy.

Certainly after his marriage there were complaints he was work-shy. But though he lives in suitable style at Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall, we hear nothing of extravagance. He has two homes, not six. His personal staff is a fraction of his father’s.

From his mother Princess Diana he inherited a rather different view of where the Royal Family should stand and so we can expect there will be differences, if not strains.

As the old song has it, “There may be trouble ahead.”

But let’s hope not.

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Who next for Eubank Jr? ‘We need to see a big name!’

Chris Eubank Jr needs a ‘big name’ fight after his latest victory, says Sky Sports expert Carl Froch, who has named two potential opponents for the middleweight contender.

Eubank Jr stayed on course for a major bout later this year after a fifth-round stoppage win over Wanik Awdijan at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle on Saturday night.

Sky Sports expert Froch believes two British rivals could be part of Eubank Jr’s future plans as he seeks another career-defining fight.

Chris Eubank Jr
The middleweight contender stopped Wanik Awdijan in Newcastle

“The Liam Williams fight is a good fight, but he definitely, 100 per cent needs to now get a move on,” Froch told Sky Sports.

“We need to see him in there with a big name, or a bigger name.

“Maybe the Billy Joe Saunders rematch. I quite like that fight.

“When people start pricing themselves out of the fight, that’s when you realise that maybe they don’t want the fight.

“We need to see Chris Eubank Jr in with a big name and we need to see a performance, because the time is nigh, it really is.”

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Eubank Jr believes a big fight is coming next in December

Johnny Nelson, who joined Froch on the Sky Sports team, said: “That’s probably wound Billy Joe up, saying he doesn’t want the fight, but you never know, it stirs the pot.

“Either Liam Williams or Billy Joe, they are fan fights. They are fights that the fans can really get excited about.

“Then of course, he’s got to make sure he nails down a world title fight, whoever the champion is, within the next 12 months.”

Eubank Jr’s trainer Roy Jones Jr insists his fighter is ready for another step-up in class, telling Sky Sports: “Yes, I know he’s ready for the big names.

“To see him patiently take a guy out with body shots, says something different. I’ve never seen him do it before. It was a beautiful thing for me.”

Chris Eubank Jr
Eubank Jr earned praise from trainer Roy Jones Jr

Discussing possible opponents, Eubank Jr told Sky Sports: “Anybody with a world title, anybody that the fans want to see me fight.

“A guy that keeps popping up is Liam Williams. Everybody seems to want that fight to happen. That’s an option.

“You’ve got Saunders running around. He says that he wants to fight me for £5m!

“The options are endless. All I know is – December onwards – big names, world titles.

“It’s going to be a hell of a 12 months.”

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Pension POLL: Do you trust the Government to protect state pensions for the next 40 years?

Pension POLL: Do you trust the Government to protect state pensions for the next 40 years?

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak has lost the trust of the British public when it comes to pensions, new data has found. Express.co.uk wants to know whether you think the state pension will be protected by the Government over the next 40 years. Vote in our poll and comment on this article.Pension POLL: Do you trust the Government to protect state pensions for the next 40 years?

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