Prince William's plans for Royal Family are 'worrying' as he looks to future


Prince William is said to have further plans to slim down the Royal Family, leaving one expert concerned.

Kate Middleton's first official appearance since announcing her cancer treatment left many royal fans overjoyed as she stood beaming and looking radiant alongside her family. The Princess of Wales was arm in arm with her husband Prince William on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour last Saturday, 15 June, smiling brightly as she waved to the crowds below.

Joining them at the King's official birthday celebration were their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, along with other members of the Royal Family, including King Charles and Queen Camilla. Also present were Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh with their daughter Lady Louise.

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The Royal Family's appearances on the balcony have reduced in number over the years -Credit:GC Images

The King had reportedly decided to continue with the late Queen Elizabeth's decision to only have working royals on the balcony, so the junior members were unable to join them.

In previous years, the long terrace was filled with more minor members all huddled together as they watched the fly-past, reports the Mirror.

Apparently, it was seen as an opportunity to celebrate the entire family in all its symbolic glory.

The recent decision for a sparse balcony show has royal expert Richard Eden concerned. He highlights the solitary figure of the Duke of Kent, who in previous years would have been joined by his close family such as his wife, children and his glamorous granddaughters Lady Amelia and Lady Marina Windsor.

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In previous years, the balcony has been fuller with several members of the Royal Family -Credit:Getty Images

Richard also alleges that other minor members of The Firm like Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Queen Elizabeth's beloved first cousin Prince Michael of Kent, and his recently bereaved sister, Lady Gabriella Windsor, were asked to remain hidden behind the curtain in the Centre Room at the palace, likened to "some embarrassing relative".

The King has decided to continue with his mother's choice to break tradition and keep the appearance scaled down. She initially made this decision because she couldn't exclude Harry and Meghan, as well as the problematic Duke of York if she was allowing other non-working members to be present.

Richard thinks it would be advantageous for the royals to alter this "uninspiring policy" and include more, cheerful members of the family on the joyous occasion, but was disappointed to learn there are seemingly no plans for this in the future. In fact, he suggests, the display of unity could become even more limited.

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According to the source, The Prince of Wales takes a similar view as his father -Credit:Getty

The insider revealed to a friend of Prince William that the future King is in full agreement with the slimming down of the monarchy. "He told me: 'When the older members of the family retire, His Royal Highness won't be inviting anyone else to become working royals. It remains to be seen if he will even want his two younger children to be working royals," he shared.

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, is the only other royal under 60, which could mean by the time William ascends the throne and Kate becomes Queen, they could be the only full-time royals left. "That is what William wants," the source claims.

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Trooping the Colour saw the Princess of Wales make a welcome return to the balcony -Credit:Ian Vogler / Daily Mirror

"He sees the small European monarchies as the model for the future."

Originally, Harry and Meghan were supposed to share the workload with William and Catherine, but now that they've stepped back, the future King's vision has been disrupted. The expert suggests that William might need to follow his grandmother's example, who enlisted the help of her cousins.

As such, William might need to reconsider his radical vision and ask his cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and the Earl of Wessex, to help share the burden when it's his turn to take the throne.