Prince Harry, Meghan Markle eviction ‘tip of iceberg’ in King Charles’ plans to thin monarchy: report
The expulsion of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from Frogmore Cottage is “just the beginning” and the “tip of the iceberg” of King Charles III’s plans to streamline the monarchy, according to a new report.
The Evening Standard reported on Friday that Charles, 74, is planning a “major reshuffle” in a bid to cut spending for senior royals. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been asked to leave their British home shortly after Harry’s explosive memoir ‘Spare’ was released.
“We can confirm that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been asked to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage,” a spokesperson for Harry, 38, and Markle, 41, told Fox News Digital earlier this month. -this.
After stepping down as working members of the Royal Family in January 2020, the couple moved to Canada before finally settling in Montecito, California.
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According to the Evening Standard, Charles intends the royals to start paying for their own accommodation over time, as their subsidized rents will soon be scrapped.
“The King is not some kind of housing association for distant relatives,” a source told the outlet.
The monarch plans to continue letting the properties at commercial rates to tenants “outside the Royal Family” after they are vetted by security.
“Many of the practices that evolved during the last reign will change. The king is not heartless or reckless, but if the family members are not part of the family nucleus and do not work for the crown, he is just that they house themselves and fund themselves,” a source noted.
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According to the outlet, Charles and his wife Camilla will reduce the number of positions within the Palace, but they plan to offer competitive salaries and pensions to ensure the best staff.
“There will be staff cuts. It has already started. The buzzword is ‘value for money’,” an insider told the Evening Standard.
“Staffing has been very heavy,” a source said. “It has built up over time, with advisers to advisers and so on. All of this is going to stop. The boss wants effective people in effective positions to do effective work and get paid appropriately. .”
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The Evening Standard reported that Prince William was working closely with his father to achieve his goal of thinning the monarchy.
“Much of what was in place does not make economic sense and will be changed during the new reign,” the insider added.
King Charles III immediately ascended the British throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022. Charles’ coronation ceremony will take place on May 6.