With Prince Harry Gone, Queen Elizabeth Appoints Who’s in and Decides Who Else Is Out as Faces of the Royal Family

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were once part of Prince Charles‘ plan for the new monarchy. But that’s no longer the case after the Sussexes removed themselves from the royal family. So who will be in and who will be out under King Charles? Well Queen Elizabeth II has already made that decision for everyone.

Prince Harry arrives to the funeral of Prince Philip at St. George's Chapel in Windsor
Prince Harry arrives to the funeral of Prince Philip at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor | Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles’ plan to ‘slim down the monarchy’ didn’t include a number of royals

It’s no secret that the Prince of Wales has long had a plan to “slim down the monarchy.” Prior to Megxit, only Charles, his wife, his two sons, and their wives were going to be considered senior royals.

As for other well-known family members, Prince Andrew was forced to give up his royal duties following his disastrous interview about his association with late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Deputy editor of Royal Central Brittani Barger told the Daily Star Online, “I think it goes without saying that the Duke of York will never be added back as a working royal.”

Andrew’s daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, are not currently working royals and that isn’t expected to change once their uncle becomes king.

Members of the British royal family Westminster Abbey attending a Commonwealth Service in London
Members of the British royal family Westminster Abbey attending a Commonwealth Service in London | Phil Harris / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II gathers specific family members who are part of future plans

Harry and Meghan threw a wrench into Charles’ initial plan when they decided to step down and made it known that they had no intentions of returning to the Firm. Many royal fans have since questioned what the new monarchy could look like now going forward. That answer though was already made clear in late 2020 when Queen Elizabeth held a gathering outside Windsor Castle and invited Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, as well as Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The gathering showcased who will be the faces of the royal family once her reign is over.

“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.

(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

The ‘leaner machine’ is what Prince Philip would have wanted

The queen’s husband, who died on April 9, 2021, never liked to see his family’s name in the headlines over something other than highlighting the campaigns and charities they were a part of. Therefore, Brandreth believes that this “leaner machine” of working royals is what Philip would have preferred.

“In a sense, it will be a leaner machine going forward and I think the duke would have quite liked that,” Brandreth opined, adding, “Less to talk about, less to gossip about.”