Prince William and Kate Middleton have been under fire since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive Oprah interview. There’s been a lot of bad press, and there have even been suggestions that England abolish the monarchy. But the future king doesn’t plan to sit and wait for Prince Charles to fix the problems. He’s already thinking about ways to make changes.
Us Weekly recently spoke to a source about Prince William, who is second in line to the crown following his father, Prince Charles. “William is already thinking about the future of the Monarchy and the changes he’ll make,” the source explained. “While he respects protocol, he plans to modernize some aspects and is making it his mission to be more relatable than previous generations.”
“I think it’s the end game. I don’t know how much longer the institution will go on,” author Dame Hilary Mantel told the Telegraph. “I’m not sure if it will outlast William. So I think it will be their last big era,” she said.
Nevertheless, William and his wife will likely have a long reign given their ages and might have plenty of time to see their plan come to fruition. Prince William is similar to his grandfather, Prince Philip, who helped Queen Elizabeth usher in a new age for the Monarchy. The late Prince worked his life within the Buckingham Palace to preserve the crown and issue in a modern monarchy – bringing the royals onto the silver screen and televising presentations like never before.
Prince William wants to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps to revolutionize how the monarchy is viewed. Those changes have already started. In recent years, the royals have begun to dress more casually, wearing jeans rather than skirts and slacks at every public appearance. But that can’t blunt all the bad press in the last few years.
Headlines have presented the ugly side of the British royals. The revelation of Prince Andrew’s involvement with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Harry’s ‘Megxit’ with his wife, Meghan Markle, and the racism allegations that surfaced during their Oprah Winfrey interview worked to undermine the authority of the royals.
Family tensions and racism allegations would be difficult for any family, let alone one that’s on the biggest stage in the world. Extreme actions have already been taken by some. Prince Harry officially left the family last year, cutting ties with the royal family and the royal bank account.
He explained in his Oprah interview that he had felt trapped as a senior royal and that Prince Charles and Prince William are also trapped. “They don’t get to leave,” he told Oprah. “And I have huge compassion for that.”
According to reports, William was not happy, he was angry. “William is bound by his duty, but doesn’t feel trapped,” a source admitted. “William does not support Harry , giving up on the family and running away and absolutely does not support speaking out against the crown.”
With family members leaving and calls for its abolitions growing louder, it’s easy to wonder whether Queen Elizabeth will be the last of the British Monarchs. According to Insider, though, that simply won’t happen. It would take a lot more than a few bad headlines to wreck the centuries-old tradition. It would take riots and a lot of votes.
“It would take legislation, an act of Parliament, and signed by the Sovereign to end the monarchy,” a royal expert explained. “The Monarchy is not going anywhere anytime soon.”
There are still plenty of people who think otherwise. “The time has come: let’s abolish the Monarchy,” Joe.co.uk correspondent Nadine Batchelor-Hunt said. The royals are “becoming increasingly out of place in contemporary society.”
A lot of changes would be made if such an event took place. Royal residencies like Buckingham Palace would be stripped and the Royals would be forced to leave. Prince William and Kate would be cut off financially, left to seek their financial independence.
“I wish the Queen had felt able to abdicate ,” Mantel said. “She thinks of this as a sacred task, from which you simply cannot abdicate, whereas the rest of us think of it as a job, from which you should be able to retire.”