Prince Philip’s legacy at risk from Charles’ radical plan for Royal Family future – expert

Prince Philip: Royal expert discusses Duke’s patronages

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Prince Charles’ plan for a “slimmed down” Royal Family could have a serious impact on Prince Philip’s patronages, according to an expert. The Duke of Edinburgh’s roles with charities and organisations were reportedly going to be distributed among the rest of the family following his passing. However, Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie warned the Royally Obsessed podcast that there is no “system in place that could properly distribute” them.

He told listeners: “We often talk about the slimmed down future for The Firm.

“But we don’t often talk about how that might affect the workload.

“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.”

Mr Scobie continued: “That covers the legacy of 65 years for the Duke.

“So I think we’ll see many of them go into retirement or pause.

“I think a number of organisations will move forward without a royal patron.

“That may sort of come around in circles in the future ahead.”

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The expert added: “But I think what we’ve seen from the Cambridges, and the Sussexes when they were a part of the Royal Family, is that this lesser approach sees a lot more impactful work taking place.

“I think that slimmed down approach to the work will also include tighter focuses on smaller groups of organisations and initiatives.

“So we’re seeing the working model of the Royal Family change.”

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He told the podcast: “Maybe less openings and unveilings, and more focus on actual cause-driven initiatives that they’ll lead.

“If anything that will be what shapes the future of the Royal Family legacy.”

Mr Scobie pointed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as an example of having a “small list of patronages between them” but managing to do “really impressive” work with them.

Additionally he said the same thing was applicable to the Cambridges.

Specifically he pointed to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s expansion of early years work.

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