Will Prince Charles Oust Prince Harry and Meghan Markle When He Slims Down the Monarchy?
Prince Charles reportedly has some big changes in store for the royal family once he takes the throne. The royals were hit with a few big scandals in 2019, and Charles allegedly believes the monarchy needs to be slimmed down to avoid future embarrassments. What are the chances that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are cut from the royal family once Prince Charles is the King of the United Kingdom?
Inside Harry and Meghan’s struggles
Harry and Meghan are still vacationing in Canada and seem to be enjoying their break from the royal spotlight. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent Christmas in the region with their son, Archie Harrison, and her mother, Doria Ragland.
But before their holiday getaway, Harry and Meghan created quite the stir within the ranks of the royal family.
In a shocking documentary titled Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, they both candidly spoke about the struggles they have faced over the past year. While Harry all but confirmed his rumored feud with William, Meghan admitted that dealing with the negative press has not been easy.
The revelations sparked reports that Harry and Meghan were thinking about leaving the royal family for a quieter life out of the public eye. Their decision to spend Christmas away from the royals only fueled the rumors even more.
The Sussexes have not commented on the reports and are expected to fly back to the U.K. in the coming weeks.
Prince Charles’ plan to slim things down
Queen Elizabeth will be turning 94 this spring and there has been a lot of talk about her retiring when she reaches 95. Her Majesty’s husband, Prince Philip, retired at that age, so it is possible that she is thinking about doing the same.
Regardless of when Queen Elizabeth steps down, there will come a day when Prince Charles is at the head of the monarchy. When that happens, sources claim that Charles wants to reduce the number of royals who are assigned to active duty.
“What appears more likely than a ‘slimmed-down monarchy’ is a smaller inner core limited to the line of succession including, in time, William and Kate’s family,” Richard Fitzwilliam, an expert on the royals, shared.
Prince Charles has not commented on these rumors, though slimming things down makes sense in light of the recent controversies.
Apart from Harry and Markle, Prince Andrew got himself in the hot seat after being linked to the disgraced financier, Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew has been accused of sleeping with one of Epstein’s sex slaves, accusations he has vehemently denied.
Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be relieved of their duties?
If the rumors about Prince Charles are true, then there is a chance that Harry and Meghan will get ousted from the core group of royals.
Harry is currently the sixth person in the line of succession. He follows Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. His position will change if William and Kate Middleton have any more children.
According to Express, Fitzwilliams believes that the only thing that might save Harry and Meghan from being ousted is their various charitable endeavors.
The couple recently launched their own organization, Sussex Royal, which will tackle a number of different issues around the world in 2020. They are also very committed to causes in South Africa, so if they continue to bring good press to the royals then Prince Charles might consider keeping them active.
But considering their recent comments, things are not looking good for Harry and Meghan at the moment.
Did Prince Charles force Prince Andrew to step down?
While we wait to hear more about Harry and Meghan, inside sources claim that it was Prince Charles who pushed for Andrew’s exit from the royal family.
Andrew stepped away from his royal duties after attempting to clear his name in a recent interview. Instead of proving his innocence, Andrew’s comments only made things worse and were widely considered to be a PR disaster.
Following the scandal, sources say that Charles talked with Queen Elizabeth about forcing Prince Andrew to retire.
If that is true, then it is possible that Charles’ plan to oust certain members of the royal family has already started. There are also reports that Andrew’s daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, might be next.
Although Andrew is not scheduled for any royal engagements in 2020, he did join the royals for their annual Christmas celebration at Sandringham.
Prince Charles has not commented on any plans he has for when he takes the throne.