What new slimline Royal Family may look like as Prince Charles urged to downsize

The CEO of Republic, a political organisation that wishes to replace the monarchy, has told Prince Charles that he will need to slim down the Royal Family and "wean" some members off the public purse.

Graham Smith expects that when the Queen either abdicates or passes away the central Royal Family will consist of him and Prince William, along with both of their spouses.

There has been speculation that Prince Charles may look to ditch some members to reduce the size of the Royal Family.

It has been long thought that Prince Charles believes the monarchy should be cut down to save costs and give more value to the taxpayer.

Mr Smith told the Daily Express: "I think that what is going to happen is that when the Queen is gone, it will just be Charles, William and their spouses.

"The others will still be there in the background, to what extent Charles will be able to wean the others of public subsidy, we will have to wait and see.

"It is going to be whittled down anyway because there are fewer of them. The Queen had four children, a sister and various cousins.

"Charles' siblings are of a similar age and they will be happy to go into retirement I imagine.

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"He only had two sons, one of which has quit the Palace so it is already slimmed down."

The Republic leader however remains sceptical whether any changes to the numbers of royals in the core group will actually mean the costs come down.

"It does not really matter because I can guarantee if they slim it down the cost will absolutely be unchanged or it will only go up regardless of how many of them there are.

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"Most of them do not do an awful lot anyway," he added.

While Republic believe the Royal Family are a burden on the public purse strings others feel much more positive about their value for money.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams sees them as one of the UK's greatest strengths and the country's "greatest soft power asset".

"It benefits Britain financially in several other ways, through tourism, the benefits from royal trips abroad to British business and the interest from the international media is simply vast, something Republic cannot ever explain.

"The monarchy is Britain's greatest soft power asset."

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