King Charles is preparing for a pivotal year in which he would be “under pressure” to make important decisions on the future of the British royal family, a royal commentator claimed.
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Jonathan Sacerdoti suggested that the new monarch, who officially became King in September upon the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II, would face a “year of firsts.” He even predicted that King Charles might decide to alter the positions of each senior royal or “downsize” the monarchy – even removing the royal title of Prince Harry.
On the weekend, King Charles delivered his first Christmas Day speech as king wherein he praised the police and the NHS. The husband of Queen Consort Camilla also paid respect to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Jonathan Sacerdoti, speaking as Britain prepares to welcome 2023, told Express UK:
“2023 will be a year of firsts for King Charles. So everything he does will be looked at as an indication of how he wants things to be in future. That might put a lot of pressure on him, but I think he also will want to make clear how he wants to do things in future, and that means he and his team will think very carefully about the decisions they make and what messages those decisions send out.”
The royal commentator suggested that there was the question of how King Charles “reshuffles” the royal family in terms of the roles each member takes on or continues to have. Jonathan Sacerdoti added:
“He will need to decide if the institution needs to be further streamlined or not. And because everyone is now serving in a world without his mother, they will all be doing things a bit differently.”
In the talks about scaling back the British monarchy, he said:
“Queen Margrethe downsized the Danish royal family and in 2019 King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden removed royal status from five of his grandchildren. Might King Charles look to do something similar to both lightest he pressure on members of his family, and also to help keep support for the monarchy more broadly? Prince Harry has spoken most vocally about the pressures he felt growing up royal, so perhaps he has made the strongest case for this, albeit unintentionally.”
Jonathan Sacerdoti furthered:
“Succession is a time for progression, and so it goes without saying that because we have a new King, things will be done differently in some ways. But monarchy also stands for continuity, so much will also seem familiar and that will be an important balancing act.”
Meanwhile, King Charles, in his speech, stated:
“In the much-loved carol O Little Town of Bethlehem we sing of how “’n thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light.’ My mother’s belief in the power of that light was an essential part of her faith in God, but also her faith in people – and it is one which I share with my whole heart. It is a belief in the extraordinary ability of each person to touch, with goodness and compassion, the lives of others, and to shine a light in the world around them. This is the essence of our community and the very foundation of our society.”
The father of Prince William and Prince Harry added:
“We see it in the selfless dedication of our Armed Forces and Emergency Services who work tirelessly to keep us all safe, and who performed so magnificently as we mourned the passing of our late Queen. We see it in our health and social care professionals, our teachers and indeed all those working in public service, whose skill and commitment are at the heart of our communities.”
King Charles has yet to comment on the claims that he is set to be downsizing the British monarchy during his reign. So, avid followers of Queen Consort Camilla’s husband should take all these unverified reports with a pinch of salt until everything is proven true and correct.
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