Prince Charles’ slimmed down monarchy plans ‘destabilised by chaos of Megxit’

Prince Charles’ plans for a slimmed down monarchy have been weakened by his son’s departure from the Royal Family, an expert has claimed.

The Prince of Wales is reportedly keen to tighten the Firm’s ranks.

It is believed he wants to assemble a team of seven senior royals to cut costs and boost the monarchy's popularity with the taxpayer.

However, royal historian Dr Edward Owens believes Megxit may have thrown a spanner in the works.

Dr Owens, a former lecturer at the University of Lincoln and author of The Family Firm, told Express.co.uk: “The relationship isn’t a good one at the moment by the sounds of things, Charles has lost one of his trusty lieutenants in Harry.

“The whole ‘Charles project’ was built around family and two sons supporting him as king at his side and he’s now lost one of those guys.

“He leaves a gaping hole at the side of Charles and it has done more to destabilise Charles’ monarchy than it has William’s.”

Dr Owens’ warning came after Harry announced last month that he would publish an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir in late 2022.

The Duke of Sussex’s book is set to cover his life as a husband and a father, as well as his military service.

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However, Dr Owners believes the book is unlikely to have a marked impact.

He went on: “Harry has destabilised the monarchy already and that’s why I don’t think his memoir is going to do any more significant damage.

“It’s perhaps a little thoughtless, maybe he hasn’t thought it through very carefully.

“He is distracting attention away from the monarchy and that is the concern.

“Every time the royals are not at the centre of the limelight, that’s a concern, every time that Harry and Meghan do one of these things that will be of concern.”

Earlier this week, another royal expert claimed that Harry and Meghan Markle have been chatting with Prince William and Kate Middleton over Zoom.

Stewart Pearce, author of Diana: The Voice of Change, says the couples are now “very close”.

He told US Weekly: “I know that the four are talking with one another and they’re talking by Zoom [and by] FaceTime.

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