“It’s a really testing time. Many are already resigned to leaving jobs they have cherished for years. It’s left a real sense of dread among staff," the source said of the situation, adding that staff believe the castle "feels eerily quiet."
"There's this sense that he wants a slimmed down monarchy to make sure that everybody is doing their bit and [there are] no so-called hangers-on," royal expert Camilla Tominey said. “So, I think this is basically Charles’ attempt to basically look like he’s inherited his mother’s habit for being frugal; turning off light switches and being green, generally being good value for money. Therefore I think there’s a sense of trying to make that as smooth as possible and trying to create a monarchy that’s fit for the future.”
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In April, months before Queen Elizabeth died, royal expert Angela Levin shared similar sentiments.
"Prince Charles has wanted for a very long time to cut the monarchy down to save costs and to make people be worth the money that they got from the taxpayer. I imagine that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the royal family," she noted.
"There is some rumor or discussion about whether or not he will change the rules over who can deputize for the monarch, for example in cases where the monarch is incapacitated through health," British journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti shared. "And that would be understandable if he did push to do that and have it cleared through Parliament, because just on a practical level, which means we put personal and emotional concerns aside, it doesn't seem to make sense that someone who lives in America would be anywhere in the line for actually deputizing for the King of the United Kingdom, it doesn't make sense."
The Mirror reported on Charles' changes.