Reports indicate that Charles, the Prince of Wales, is hard at work behind the scenes retooling the monarchy and slimming it down, which has been an objective of his for years. It will both hold off anti-monarchist sentiment, as fewer royals will be on the government payroll, and it looks like Harry and Meghan will be among the first to receive the cold shoulder from the institution.
In 2012, on the occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne, it was surprising to see only a handful of royals join her on the balcony. For that occasion, only Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were the only ones to join her.
The vision was clear, this slimmed down monarchy was the future.
But since 2018, things have taken quite a radical turn. After Megxit, when Prince Harry and his wife Meghan abandoned the United Kingdom for sparkling lights of Hollywood, Prince Charles is having to rethink his plans.
Despite what Harry and Meghan said in the Oprah interview, the future king had big plans for both in the monarchy’s future, though as supporting and not staring members.
According to reports from US Weekly, a U.S. celebrity publication, “After the damage Harry has caused the family, he firmly believes that his son doesn’t deserve the privilege of being royal.”
The source also added, “To put it bluntly, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing Harry and Charles making amends anytime soon.”
There have been several suggestions in the media that the Queen and or Charles may finally strip the LA pair of their titles, the dukedom of Sussex. Public support for this is high, with 49% voicing their support for stripping Harry and Meghan of their titles and removing Harry and his children from the line of succession.
This puts Charles in a tough spot, as the future king no doubt wants to keep the lines of communication open with his son for the inevitable divorce down the line.
However, since the interview talks between the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Harry have mostly stalled out as there remain deeply hurt feelings on all sides. There were also numerous leaks to the media, which deeply frustrated both Prince Charles and Prince William.
Royal author Phil Dampier said, “The discussions after Prince Philip’s funeral were a start, but were clearly very strained and only an opening move. Harry and Meghan now have all they want to make them happy if they are going to be.
“A son, a daughter on the way, their freedom from the royal family and the means to make money and get involved in cases which interest them. To carry on a war with Harry’s blood family is unnecessary and counter-productive, and sooner they realize that the better.
“They should get on with their lives, stop playing the victim and stop playing their royal connections by leaking stories while pleading for privacy.
“People can see through it and anyone who advises them to carry on this way is giving them bad advice.”
So, what does the future of the monarchy look like for Prince Charles? In December 2020, the primary members, the “magnificent seven” as the media dubbed them, arrived at Windsor Castle and stood outside socially distanced from the Queen.
They include the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Anne, the Princess Royal. These seven members now represent the future, with the Cambridge children also being burdened with more royal roles in the future due to their uncle’s departure.
Needless to say, for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2021, the most likely members of the balcony, if they once again show a small display, will be Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, Catherine, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. That is the future.
Prince Harry, if things continue going south, may not even receive an invite. How things have changed in 10 years.