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King Charles’s modern monarchy and ‘threats’ it faces pinpointed by expert

King Charles and Queen Camilla visit Covent Garden

King Charles and the Royal Family will face issues keeping the monarchy “relevant” in the coming years, an expert has claimed. Charles acceded the throne following a 70-year reign by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. But questions remain over how he will rule and follow in Her Majesty’s footsteps. Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said one of the biggest issues for the King will be “remaining relevant”.

Mr Fitzwilliams said other issues will include “disenchantment” and the “possible break up of the United Kingdom” as Scotland continues to campaign for independence.

Speaking to on the possible issues the King will face, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “A challenge will be to keep the monarchy relevant in the area of soft power where it is currently such a potent force, expect trips abroad to be announced and the Palace’s review of patronages will clarify the issue of how many engagements the royals will be carrying out.”

Reports suggest the King does not want to make Buckingham Palace his permanent residence, despite the Queen living there during her reign.

Instead, the palace could be opened up to the public for long periods of time following a £369 taxpayer-funded million refurbishment. Mr Fitzwilliams said this could be another issue and the “role the royal palaces will have”.

As monarch, Charles is head of the Commonwealth and head of state in 14 countries, collectively known as the Commonwealth realms — Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the United Kingdom.

But some of these countries have expressed wishes of becoming republics. In 2021, Barbados officially became a republic after removing Queen Elizabeth as its head of state.

Charles, then the Prince of Wales, attended the ceremony where he gave a speech that reiterated the continuing ties between the two nations despite the constitutional status change.

Mr Fitzwilliams said the King will want to “retain the loyalty” of the countries and place “tremendous significance on his headship”.

It is widely reported that Charles hopes to modernise the monarchy with a “slimmed-down” approach by cutting down the number of working royals.

But in a recent interview, the ‘hardest working royal’, Princess Anne said that she didn’t think it was a good idea.

Asked about proposals to modernise the monarchy, the 72-year-old replied: “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.”

The public got a glimpse into what a slimmed-down monarchy might look like at the King’s Coronation as only senior working royals were seen on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

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