Prince Charles Wants to Turn Royal Palaces Into Public Spaces for Everyone

While it’s not something anyone likes to think about, there will come a time when Queen Elizabeth II is no longer with us. Prince Charles is the heir apparent who will succeed his mother and when that happens, the new king will be making plenty of changes.

Find out how Charles will slim down the monarchy and what he reportedly plans to do with the family’s royal residences.

Prince Charles dressed in a suit and smiling as he stands in a room in his Clarence House residence
Prince Charles dressed in a suit and smiling as he stands in a room in his Clarence House residence | Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles doesn’t want to live at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London headquarters of the monarch. It’s where Queen Elizabeth II has lived for many years and where she raised her children. However, it’s not where Prince Charles wants to make his permanent home once he’s king.

“I know he is no fan of ‘the big house’, as he calls the palace,” an insider said. “He doesn’t see it as a ­viable future home or a house that’s fit for purpose in the modern world. He feels its upkeep, both from a cost and environmental perspective, is not sustainable.”

Hello! noted that when he’s the head of state Charles will still likely host banquets and diplomatic receptions there as well as have some private offices located within the palace for his staff.

Photo of Buckingham Palace; Queen Elizabeth II's London residence
Photo of Buckingham Palace; Queen Elizabeth II’s London residence | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Charles wants to bring people into royal residences when he’s king

It’s been suggested that Charles would turn the famed London palace into a museum. A new report claims that he would like to have several royal homes such as Clarence House, Windsor Castle, Balmoral, and Sandringham allow access to visitors throughout the year transforming the royal residences from “private spaces to public places.”

“The direction of travel is about greater opening-up of palaces and residences,” a source told The Sunday Times explaining that the prince “wants to bring people in to connect with the institution. He recognizes it needs to keep evolving and in the modern era, people want to be able to access their palaces. He embraces that and sees them as public places more than private spaces.”

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Other changes Charles will make when he becomes the monarch

(L to R) Prince Edward, Sophie, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Camilla, and Princess Anne standing outside Windsor Castle
(L to R): Prince Edward, Sophie, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Camilla, and Princess Anne standing outside Windsor Castle | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Charles has spoken about “slimming down the monarchy” when he’s king. What many weren’t sure about for some time is who would be in, and out, of the Firm. That answer was made clear in 2020 when the queen held a gathering outside Windsor Castle and invited Charles, his wife Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, as well as Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

“We will have the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and we will have Princess Anne. We will also have Prince Edward, who is going to become the new Duke of Edinburgh. Then we will have William and Catherine for the next generation,” Gyles Brandreth, who is a royal expert and friend of the late Prince Philip, told Express.

He added, “In a sense, it will be a leaner machine going forward and I think [Philip] would have quite of liked that. Less to talk about, less to gossip about.”