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King Charles to ask Kate and William to summit on monarchy's future

King Charles ‘to invite Kate and William to historic royal summit to carve out future of the monarchy’ – with hopes couple’s ‘star quality’ will help soothe the Commonwealth

  • The summit follows Kate and William’s controversial Caribbean tour last year 

King Charles III is set to invite the Prince and Princess of Wales to a historic royal summit to decide on the future of the monarchy, it was claimed last night. 

The King plans to tell Prince William and Kate of his aims to carve out clear roles for each of them, as well as for himself and wife Queen Camilla.

He hopes to use the couple’s ‘star quality’ to help unite the Commonwealth and secure the monarchy’s existence for future generations, sources told The Mirror.

Charles is to arrive at the late Queen’s much-loved home Balmoral on Monday, where the meeting will take place.

The Prince and Princess of Wales will join him there, but head of the FA William will not be travelling to Australia to watch the Lionesses take on Spain in the first England World Cup Final since 1966 the day before.

The King plans to tell Prince William and Kate of his aims to carve out clear roles for each of them, as well as for himself and wife Queen Camilla

The Prince and Princess of Wales are set to join the King to discuss how to secure the monarchy’s future

A source close to the royals said: ‘His Majesty is very clear. The Commonwealth must be at the very heart of his reign. 

‘He sees it as his utmost duty to fulfil the sincere wish of his late mother, that one of his central roles must be to ensure not only the survival but the robustness (of the organisation).’

He is said to place great emphasis on the younger couple’s role in securing its survival, with plans to ensure they are ‘cementing their own future and that of the monarchy at large’, with the King to take advantage of Kate’s ‘undoubted star quality’.

The top royals will also discuss plans for at least the next year, including travel abroad, major events and key aims.

It is set to be a busy year for the monarch, who will travel to Kenya with his wife in autumn.

Next year the royals are travelling to Canada and Australia, according to the paper.

However the summit comes at a tricky time after it was revealed that while representatives from Spanish royalty are flying to watch the World Cup final clash in Australia on Sunday, no British royals are planning to attend.

The Prime Minister is also not scheduled to go, which some are seeing as a snub against the women’s game – especially given the tournament’s location in the Commonwealth country of Australia. 

King Charles III pictured at Balmoral with his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II

The top royals will also discuss plans for at least the next year, including travel abroad, major events and key aims

It is thought the royal family intend to try and sure up the Commonwealth, after a royal tour by William and Kate in the Caribbean last year drew a wealth of criticism, including for a photocall in which the pair took photographs with young people trapped behind a metal fence.

Now sources have described the trip as a ‘massive wake-up call’, although denied it had been a ‘complete catastrophe’. 

The tour in Spring 2022 was plagued by anti-monarchy protesters, as more nations in the Commonwealth grapple with how its bloody colonial history can be accepted by its people.

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The couple released a statement after the tour which read: ‘Foreign tours are an opportunity to reflect. You learn so much. What is on the minds of Prime Ministers. The hopes and ambitions of school children. The day-to-day challenges faced by families and communities.

‘I know that this tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future.

‘In Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon. But we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, understanding more about the issues that matter most to them.

‘Catherine and I are committed to service. For us that’s not telling people what to do.

‘It is about serving and supporting them in whatever way they think best, by using the platform we are lucky to have.

‘It is why tours such as this reaffirm our desire to serve the people of the Commonwealth and to listen to communities around the world.

‘Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead its family in the future isn’t what is on my mind.

‘What matters to us is the potential the Commonwealth family has to create a better future for the people who form it, and our commitment to serve and support as best we can.’

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