Prince Charles expects Cambridge children to take on royal engagements, expert claims

Royal family: Expert discusses 'slimmed down' monarchy

Prince Charles, 72, is second in line to the throne and the longest royal in waiting to reign. The Duke of Cornwall has big plans when he assumed the crown from mother, Queen Elizabeth II which include slimming down the monarchy but the Cambridge children are expected to take on engagements in the future. Speaking to, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “I think the idea of a slimmed down monarchy makes sense but you need quite a lot of members in the Royal Family to do engagements.

“If they can’t, work for charities and institutions will be less.

“I think that we know that Edward and Sophie’s children won’t be carrying out engagements but obviously William and Kate’s will be doing so.

“There may be a hiatus there.

“With Harry and Meghan stepping down, there may be fewer royals that are active.”

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But Mr Fitzwilliams does not think Charles will become King anytime soon.

Despite speculation, the royal expert said the Queen will not make abdicate and pass on the throne.

He said: “There have been rumours for years about the possibility of the Queen stepping down or some form of regency.

“It was announced there would be a four-day bank holiday weekend in the summer of 2021 to commemorate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

“It’s worth remembering that in 1947 when she swore to serve her whole life.

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“She’s a deeply religious person and she meant every word of it and she’s done it absolutely brilliantly.

“I think she and the Duke of Edinburgh are marvellous role models for persons of advanced age.

“In the case of illness or incapacity that would alter things.

“I don’t think she has any intention of stepping down.”


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It comes as royal editor Robert Jobson explained how the Prince of Wales has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting the past few years as the Queen can’t be expected “to continue at the same pace”.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Jobson said: “He is certainly the longest-serving heir to the throne.

“I’m sure he will continue to do so if the Queen wants to continue in that role.

“I’m sure there is enough scope if she wanted to step aside for him to become Prince regent and that she can enjoy her retirement like the Duke of Edinburgh has from the age of 96 if she wants to.

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