King Charles is looking to implement even “more changes” to the royal family as his mission to slim down and modernize the monarchy reaches new heights, his former royal butler has claimed.
Grant Harrold, who worked for the monarch for seven years when he was Prince of Wales, says Charles will put his signature “twist” on traditions established by his later mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
“It’s been interesting, he’s taken Queen Elizabeth’s lead and done things the way she did them in all the official engagements,” Harrold said.
“She stopped visiting abroad a few years ago, so Charles has been able to take it on quite easily, but he has added his own special touch.”
Grant Harrold had worked for the monarch for seven years when he was Prince of Wales. HELLO! Magazine
The King has made his desire for a slimmed-down monarchy known since taking the throne last September, and is also looking to make some changes to various aspects of his royal residences.
“There are a lot of changes to the gardens, King Charles is a famous gardener and he loves his gardens,” Harrold said.
“I think there are changes coming, a great example being the balcony at Trooping the Color earlier this year,” he explained. “If you look at it from the Queen’s time it looked like Piccadilly Circus, if you look at it now it looks like something post-Armageddon, it’s completely different.”
Charles will put his signature “twist” on traditions implemented by his future mother, Queen Elizabeth II, his former butler said. via REUTERS The king has been trimming the fat from the royal family since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived back as senior working members of the family in 2020.Christopher Neundorf/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
“He has very carefully and dignifiedly reduced the monarchy to what he classifies as the core family and that will only get smaller as, sadly, his royal cousins die.”
“They will not choose people to intervene, I think it will become a reduced monarchy like he has always wanted,” added Harrold, on behalf of Slingo.
Despite the king’s desire to trim the monarchy’s fat, the sovereign’s sister Princess Anne previously said she did not think it was a good idea.
“I think ‘lose weight’ was said on a day when there were a few other people around to make it seem like a justifiable comment,” he said in May. “It doesn’t seem like a good idea from my point of view… I’m not really sure what else we can do.”
Anne suggested the royal family was already streamlined enough after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back as senior working members of the family.