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Princess Charlotte's future in the Royal Family could have been transformed by plan to keep Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as working royals

MyLondon 22/11/2022 Rebecca Russell

In early January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stunned the world when they announced via social media that they were stepping back as senior working royals and planned to split their time between the UK and the US where they would "work to become financially independent".

While the couple were reportedly planning their departure as early as six months after their wedding, it seems that palace staff were working on various contingency plans after the announcement to keep the couple working with the Firm in one way or another.

According to royal author Valentine Low's book 'Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown', one of their proposed methods would have affected generations of future royals such as Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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At the time of Prince Harry and Meghan's announcement, multiple sources reported that the late Queen, King Charles and Prince William had been shocked by the news and had not been consulted beforehand.

In the weeks and months that followed, senior palace staff worked on various plans to secure the couple's future and keep them linked to The Firm. In Valentine Low's book 'Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown', he revealed that there were five possible plans in discussion.

These ideas would have allowed Harry and Meghan to move abroad while keeping some official duties - with one of them holding the potential to transform the future roles for the likes of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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The author says: "The people sitting around the table went through five different scenarios, which ranged from Harry and Meghan spending most of their time being working members of the Royal Family, but having a month a year to do their own thing, to them spending most of their time privately, but doing a select number of royal activities.

"There was, according to more than one source, a positive atmosphere in the room: they wanted to find a solution. At one stage, Alderton [Sir Clive Alderton, an aide to the King] made the point that if they could get this right, they would be solving a problem for future generations of the royal family who were not in the direct line of succession."

Much has previously been made of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis' future roles within the family as 'Spares' to the throne to prevent any difficult situations which have been seen with Prince Harry and Prince Andrew in recent years.

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Royal expert and associate editor at The Telegraph, Camilla Tominey said the Prince and Princess of Wales will want Charlotte and Louis to "have their own careers" if they want to. With their youngest Prince Louis, Ms Tominey said that they won’t want him to "go down the Duke of York path" and become a "royal hanger-on".

Ms Tominey added: "In the next decade, everything is going to change. "We might be seeing fewer royals in the future than we're used to. A lot of the more minor royals have got careers of their own so they aren't really being taxpayer-funded. And in conjunction with the fact there are going to be fewer royals is a recalibration of what it means to be a royal.”

Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward also explained to Newsweek: "I think they will have to be given more freedom. Obviously, Charles is right in the firing line with Harry. So he can see the mistakes he made with Harry. Harry just did what he wanted basically. So did William up to a point. But I think that Charlotte and Louis will have a very much less royal existence."

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