Prince Charles takes over key role held by Prince Andrew

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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Prince Charles has taken over a role once held by his younger brother, Prince Andrew.

Following the death of his father, Prince Philip, and the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from their roles as senior royals, the Prince of Wales is stepping up and taking on more responsibilities.

Prince Andrew and Prince Charles talking
Prince Charles has taken over a role once held by his brother, Prince Andrew. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Charles has replaced Andrew as the royal patron of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The announcement comes ahead of their 75th anniversary which will take place in September.

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“The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is honoured to welcome as its Patron The Prince of Wales, a longstanding champion of the Arts in this country. The era of COVID-19 has presented a seismic challenge for the Arts community but, as lockdown slowly eases, it is time to look forward,” the group’s managing director, James Williams, said in a statement.

Prince Andrew stepped away from all 230 of his patronages in 2019 after the fallout from his BBC interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Amongst those patronages was the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English National Ballet and the Outward Bound Trust.

Prince Andrew, Prince Charles and the Queen
It comes amid rumours Prince Charles is looking to slim down the monarchy. Photo: Getty Images

Prince Charles’ new role comes amid rumours the Prince of Wales is looking to streamline the monarchy.

Angela Levin, royal biographer and author of Harry: Conversations with the Prince, told UK broadcaster talkRadio that she thinks future king Charles has plans to thin out the current royal clan.

"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 get from the taxpayer," she said.

"I imagine that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the royal family."

Angela explained that the Queen, who recently turned 95, was the reason that the 'outer edge' or peripheral royals were still considered part of the monarchy and, as such, entitled to public funding.

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