King Charles' brutal royal shake-up: 'Sense of dread'

King Charles is reportedly set to kick start a brutal shake-up within the palace, which has left many with a "sense of dread".

Royal insiders are reporting His Majesty is set to cut staff numbers across the palaces in his push for a slimmed-down monarchy, The Mirror reports.

King Charles
King Charles is set to make a brutal royal shake-up within the palace that has left many with a 'sense of dread'. Photo: Getty

Figures that were released during the UK summer reveal there were 491 full-time staff at the occupied palaces, including Buckingham Palace, Balmoral and Windsor Castle.

Sources have revealed to the publication that staff are "extremely worried about their futures" and worry they will be out of a job by the new year.


"It’s a really testing time. Many are already resigned to leaving jobs they have cherished for years," one insider shared. "It's left a real sense of dread among staff."

Windsor insiders also believe the late Queen's ladies-in-waiting at the Royal Stud in Sandringham are at risk of losing their jobs.

The King has also put 101 of his staff at Clarence House on a notice of redundancy.

King Charles and Prince Edward
It comes following sources suggesting the King may not give Prince Edward the title of Duke of Edinburgh as was previously believed, and keep the title himself. Photo: Getty

His Majesty's coronation in May is also reportedly set to be much smaller.

It comes following The Sun's report that Charles wants to make Buckingham Palace more "inclusive" to the public, with an increase in receptions for regular people and events for public figures.

It also comes following sources suggesting the King may not give Prince Edward the title of Duke of Edinburgh as was previously believed. The King will instead keep the title for himself, but will not use it.


The Queen and Prince Philip, had previously promised Edward that he would receive the title after his father's death when he married Sophie Wessex in 1999.

"The King wants to slim down the monarchy, as is well known," a source told Daily Mail. "That means it wouldn't make sense to make the Earl the Duke of Edinburgh. It's a hereditary title which would then be passed on to the Earl and Countess of Wessex's son, James, Viscount Severn.

"Essentially, this was accepted by the Earl when he agreed that his children would not be a prince or princess."

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