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William to slim down Prince of Wales role, cut staff in half and focus on a handful of charities

03 Apr 2022 3 minutes Read
Prince William. By Frankie Fouganthin (CC 4.0)

William will slim down the Prince of Wales role and focus on a handful of charities when he inherits the title after the Queen’s death, his office has briefed the press.

He has said that he plans to slash by half the 140 or so staff employed by the current Prince of Wales.

The current Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are the President or Patron of over 500 organisations.

Prince Williams plans instead to focus on a handful of charities prioritising mental health, the environment and children’s early years, the Mail of Sunday said.

He has no plans to take on The Prince’s Trust, the charity founded by Charles in 1976 to support vulnerable young people, which has three offices in Cardiff, Llangennech and Rhyl, and says it supports over 3,000 young people in Wales each year.

However, he will attempt to play a greater role with those charities he does retain.

The Mail of Sunday was told: “This approach isn’t a criticism of what has come before but just an acknowledgement of a desire for change.

“It’s about hope and optimism for the future. What is driving the Duke and Duchess in everything they do is urgency plus optimism equals action.

“Many of the causes adopted by the Duke and Duchess, whether it’s Earthshot [the annual prize awarded by the Royal Foundation for contributions to environmentalism] or the early years work, also touches on every other aspect of society so it’s not that they’re excluding other good causes by having a focus.”

They added: “‘There will also be new ways in which to interact with people and become credible and comfortable in five or six core subjects.”

‘Collision’

In September of last year the campaign group Republic put up billboards around Wales with the message, “Nid does angen tywysog ar Gymru / Wales doesn’t need a prince.”

The group said they want the nation to hear their message that the Royal Family is “wrong in principle” and should be abolished in favour of an elected head of state.

“The royals are on collision course with British values. The 2020s should be the decade when we finally get to decide who we have as our elected head of state,” Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, said.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies criticised the billboards for not being “reflective of Welsh public opinion”.


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Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
1 month ago

The role needs to be ‘slimmed down’ out of existence 😉. It’s an entirely manufactured role and a bitter reminder of our historical conquest and subjugation 😡

Last edited 1 month ago by Leigh Richards
Geoffrey ap.
Geoffrey ap.
1 month ago

What ever he states, he’s not my Prince.

Androw Bennett
Androw Bennett
1 month ago

Andrew R T Davies has no idea of what is  “reflective of Welsh public opinion”. Most of the people I know and meet find the concept of inherited entitlement and such great wealth as being totally abhorrent.

arthur owen
1 month ago
Reply to  Androw Bennett

I am a Welsh nationalist and do not believe that English royalty has any place in Wales.But it is may opinion that in this matter Andrew RT. is nearer to the majority Welsh opinion than you or me.But never mind,we are right.

Dave
Dave
1 month ago
Reply to  arthur owen

You may be correct Arthur, then again RT has never been elected to lead the Welsh and I doubt if the Tories ever will so I suggest a Referendum to ask the people of Wales. Then we will have a clearer idea. What do you think?

Evan Aled Bayton
Evan Aled Bayton
1 month ago

The Duke of Cambridge will automatically become Duke of Cornwall but has to be invested with the title Prince of Wales after proclamation. The three feathers is actually the badge of the heir apparent to the throne of England and not of the Prince of Wales in that title.

Arwyn
Arwyn
1 month ago

He can be Prince of England – exclusively. I’m sure that will suit all concerned.

Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
1 month ago

There is no “Prince of Wales” role. It is an English honorific title and not an office. Just like Baron Lebedev of Hampton and Siberia.

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
1 month ago

Hopefully this is the beginning of the end for the title. Looks like he’s not interested and there will be no investiture, let’s keep the pressure on for Indy and maybe the royals will put out of Wales entirely due to lack of interest

Mawkernewek
1 month ago

Surely in a monarchy, it is treasonable for an heir to the throne to imply that the current holder of the office is anything other than immortal?

Llefain
Llefain
1 month ago

Slim it down?
Get rid of it. He is nothing to do with us. Nobody asked for it. We don’t need it. This disgraceful outdated ownership over us as a people and a country needs to stop. ENOUGH!
This is disgusting!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

The role Prince of Wales should be consigned to the history books. I don’t want as done in 1969 where an English Prince was forced on the Kingdom of Wales surrounded by cap doffing so-called Welsh Z-list celebrities and Unionist politicians who wanted to snuff out Welsh Nationalism. No longer should we suffer the indignity of entertaining these workshy freeloaders anymore. it’s high time Wales became a Republic. Prince Charles was a half-hearted abject failure for Wales. And so will Prince William and his Cheshire Cat clothes horse wife be if God forbid we are forced to endure another absent… Read more »

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
1 month ago

Peidied a meiddio cynnal yr arwisgio byth eto!

Huw Prys Jones
Huw Prys Jones
1 month ago

The solution is not to slim down the role but to abolish the silly and anachronistic title completely. It is now timely to campaign for Charles to be the last ever English prince to hold such a role. Whilst I would think that an investiture for William would be unlikely, the royals could well have future plans for one of the children. It may be pragmatic and sensible to show our respects for the current elderly monarch, but once she goes, we must grasp the opportunity for a real change in attitude and make it clear that there can be… Read more »

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

Great news and very sensible 👍🏼

We can as Lord DET or ARTD to take over this vital civic and ceremonial role…so important to our people..,perhaps doing 6 months each on a rota.

CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-60976314

A Prince of Jordan has renounced his title, and he was a Prince of a country he was born in, serving a nation whose culture he was a part of. You won’t be my tywysog, your father isn’t now. Do what is good and right, what is in line with the principles you often espouse. Renounce your title.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

Charles must be the last english prince of wales. This humiliation of Cymru must stop.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
1 month ago

I don’t think he does anything anyway

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephen Owen

Thats not the case mste
🤔

A white colonial suite with full dress medals in an open top landrover for an annual drive through Deeside and Dowlais or Splot and ‘ ySgubor Goch in Caernarfon ?

Would go down a treat and take familes minds off high energy prices, ukrIne, school uniform costs and global warming.

Last edited 1 month ago by Richard
Julie Jones
Julie Jones
1 month ago

He is a media bunny, desperate to see his photo in every paper. Comes across, like the rest of his family, as genuinely thick – very much an upper class suit with nothing inside. His wife will attract the paparazzi and they’ll play very much on their “Wales” titles, but will not commit themselves to our nation, as it remains a foreign country to them. Let us hope that people in Wales start to question this enforced arrangement and that the current, so-called PoW is the last.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
1 month ago

He’s our lovely Duke
Said the two office hacks
But He did for them both
With his Princely cut-backs.

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