Patriarch Charles ‘happier in his own skin’ as head of Royal Family after Philip’s death

Prince Charles: Public may ‘question purpose’ says expert

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The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9 at 99 years old – and was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel on April 17. Reports have suggested Charles has become the “paterfamilias” of the Royal Family after Philip’s death, which an expert said has left him “more confident”.

At Philip’s funeral, royal observers suggested Charles, 72, had his stature elevated by the death of Philip, which left him with more responsibilities.

Penny Junor, a royal historian, told The New York Times Charles has emerged as the patriarch of the Royal Family.

She said: “He’s looking like a much more confident character, happier in his own skin.

“He is now the paterfamilias of the family, which means he has new roles and responsibilities.”

Robert Jobson, a royal biographer, said following the death of Philip, Charles will now have to step up as the “patriarch of the family”.

Speaking to Omid Scobie, royal author, on ABC royal HeirPod podcast, he said: “The Prince of Wales will step up, in a way he’s already been doing that for the past five years, but now he truly is the patriarch of the family because the Duke of Edinburgh is dead.

“There’s no doubt the Queen will carry on…she’ll never ever abdicate the throne so there’s scope in there for the change because of course no one knows if she’s going to be mentally or physically ill or not.”

Mr Jobson added Charles is serving as a “quasi-king”, and then told the host: “The fact is the Queen doesn’t do state visits anymore, so when Prince Charles goes to America say, he’ll be representing the Queen – that’s pretty much a state visit even though it’s technically not.”

Charles was the first royal to make an in-person statement on his father’s death, saying he misses his “dear papa”.

Speaking a day after Philip’s passing, he said: “As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously.

“He was a much-loved and appreciated figure and, apart from anything else, I can imagine he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.”

A source close the Prince of Wales told the Telegraph he was “deeply saddened” over Philip’s death.

But experts have suggested Charles could slim down how many royals carry out duties.

Charles could pare back the “overwhelming” list of patronages formerly held by Philip, according to Mr Scobie on the Royally Obsessed podcast.

He said: “That list of patronages that the Duke of Edinburgh had to his name is quite overwhelming to look at.

“And I don’t think that there is a system in place that could properly distribute those to all of the other working royals.”

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