Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be “cut” from the royal family in the future, along with their children as Prince Charles seeks to slim down the monarchy.
The future king has long wanted to change the monarchy to save money and cut down on how many senior working royals are being funded by the taxpayers.
Royal biographer and expert Angela Levin said that if Prince Charles goes ahead with these plans, it could be the point at which the Sussexes and their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and other future children are dropped from the monarchy.
Levin said: “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.”
Prince Charles is reported to be discussing the future of the monarchy with his son, Prince William, who is second in line to the throne.
When Charles becomes king, one of his first orders of business will be to scrap many of the decisions taken by Queen Elizabeth II.
Levin added: “I think the outer edge, which the Queen has wanted to keep together for a very long time for sentimental reasons, which at her age she didn’t really particularly want change which I think is understandable. But he wants to change, and I think he will do that.”
Prince Harry was in the UK last week for the funeral of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died earlier this month, aged 99.
He was seen speaking with his brother, William, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after the funeral service before flying back home the day after.
It was the first time the family had met in person since the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry accused the royal family of racism and a lack of support during the former actress’ first pregnancy when she felt suicidal.
A smaller version of the monarchy is rumored to include Prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
This is devastating news for Meghan Markle, who lamented during her sit-down with Oprah about wanting Archie to have a title and protection paid for by the monarchy.
Other members of the royal family may take on non-senior roles and be encouraged to support themselves through paid work.
They may also lose their royal titles and patronages in the future. An update to the biography Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is expected to be released on August 5 this year, with updated chapters on last year’s release, which will cover the rifts in the royal family and the Oprah interview.