Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepping down allowed surprising royals to replace them
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Royal financier expert and author David McClure argued the Royal Family’s future now looks considerably different compared to predictions a few years ago. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr McClure noted the gap left by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was quickly filled by another group of royals. Mr McClure said Harry and Meghan leaving for Los Angeles allowed the Duke of Sussex’s auntie and uncle the Earl and Countess of Wessex to take their places in The Firm.
He also added this may have saved the Wessexes – as Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, is 11th in line to the throne – from being one of the first to go in a streamlined monarchy.
Mr McClure claimed coronavirus will force the monarchy to make difficult financial decisions, including whether to reduce the amount of working royals.
Mr McClure’s upcoming book, The Queen’s True Worth, is set to be released in September and will dive into the depths of the monarchy and its financial difficulties and triumphs.
He said: “Things change, you would have said a year ago the Wessexes may be for the chop, they might have been one of the first to go.
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“But what has happened in the last year is the Queen has effectively lost three working royals.
“We have had Prince Andrew stepping back and most people think that may be permanent.
“We have had Prince Harry and Meghan Markle withdrawing to live in America.
“That is three fewer royals than you had a year ago that have left a gap and have allowed the Wessexes to make an impact.”
Mr McClure also reflected on the difficulties the Royal Family can expect due to coronavirus.
He said: “It is going to be difficult as there is already talk of job cuts at the Palace and Beefeaters at the Tower of London being made redundant.
“On the public expenditure level, it is clearly going to eat away at them.
“On a broader level, if the Royal Family really wanted to cut costs the best way to cut costs is to have fewer working royals.
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“There has long been a debate on when Prince Charles becomes King whether we are going to have a streamlined monarchy.”
He closed by adding: “In Britain, we have something like 15 to 16 working royals.
“If you really wanted to cut costs you would have few royals, maybe that is not going to happen under the Queen but it could happen under Charles when he is King.”
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