Prince William planning major change for monarchy which one key royal highly disapproves of

Prince William, Prince of Wales, is seen in the stands ahead of the UEFA EURO 2024 group stage match between Denmark and England at Frankfurt Arena on June 20, 2024 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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Prince William has a clear vision for the monarchy's future with plans to make a massive change to the structure of the Royal Family when he is King.

A royal writer and commentator has claimed that the Prince of Wales is determined to carry on his father King Charles' work in creating a more streamlined Royal Family, despite resistance from a high-ranking member of The Firm.

Richard Eden of the Daily Mail has revealed that sources close to Prince William have hinted at his preference for a slimmed-down monarchy, similar to changes seen in Sweden and Denmark, the Mirror reports.

Eden cited an insider stating: "when the older members of the family retire, His Royal Highness won't be inviting anyone else to become working royals."

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Regina Rifles, inspects the troops as she arrives to unveil a statue of a Second World War Canadian Royal Regina Rifleman during a reception with members of the regiment to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, at Place des Canadiens in Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse, on June 5, 2024 near Caen, France.
Princess Anne is not a fan of the idea of a slimmed down monarchy -Credit:Getty Images

Eden also mentioned: "It remains to be seen if he will even want his two younger children to be working royals."

With the possibility of Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, being the only other full-time royal under 60 when William potentially takes the throne and Kate becomes Queen, they might be the face of the monarchy.

The source confirmed: "That is what William want. He sees the small European monarchies as the model for the future."

However, Princess Anne has previously voiced her scepticism about the concept of a 'slimmed down' monarchy in an interview with CBC News, questioning its sustainability.

She remarked: "Well, I think the 'slimmed down' was said in a day when there were a few more people around. It doesn't sound like a good idea from where I'm standing, I would say. I'm not quite sure what else we can do."

Regarding King Charles, she commented: "Well, you know what you're getting because he's been practising for a bit, and I don't think he'll change. You know, he is committed to his own level of service, and that will remain true."

King Charles has long been an advocate for a more streamlined monarchy, a stark contrast to the times when the Buckingham Palace balcony was brimming with non-working royals.

Presently, with both the Princess of Wales and the Princess Royal out of action, the remaining members of the Royal Family are noticeably stretched thin as they continue their official engagements and charity work.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla wave alongside Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Louis of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince George of Wales on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour on June 17, 2023 in London, England
The Firm are already struggling with numbers with the current absence of Kate Middleton and Princess Anne as well as the King's slimmed down duties due to his ongoing cancer treatment -Credit:Getty

Despite the strain, there appears to be no plans to expand the royal workforce, a move that former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond supports as a positive step forward.

Jennie told OK!: "I still hold to the idea that the slimmed down Royal Family IS indeed the right model for the future.

"It's in line with most European monarchies and is sensitive to the constant criticism that the royal family cost taxpayers too much.

"Adding new working royals to the payroll will only exacerbate that criticism. I think the model William has experimented with is the answer: drafting in his cousins here and there (e.g. garden parties) to spice things up a bit.

"It makes such occasions even more special and allows those cousins to get on with their lives as they wish, without the strictures of the royal diary."

"So I think the King and William are entirely right to be determined to keep the core of working royals a small, tight unit that can be accountable to the public purse."

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