Prince Charles' Longtime Wish Has Come True Thanks to the Recent Royal Scandals, According to His Old Friend

Prince Charles' friend Lady Glenconner says he has always wanted to slim down the monarchy and the royal scandals have made that dream a reality.


The royal family (opens in new tab) has had a YEAR. Between Prince Andrew's disastrous BBC interview (opens in new tab) about Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal exit (opens in new tab), The Firm has been plagued by one "scandal" after another lately.

According to a royal family friend, however, at least one member of the family isn't totally mad about the rocky year.

Lady Glenconner, a former lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret (opens in new tab), says the scandals have made one of Charles' longtime royal wishes come true.

"Prince Charles has always wanted to make the Royal Family 'slimmer,'" she explained during a recent interview with Tatler magazine, according to the Daily Mail (opens in new tab). "Now he’s got it in spades! There are hardly any of them left!"

Lady Glenconner, who also served as a maid of honor at the Queen’s coronation in 1953 (opens in new tab), also offered her personal opinions on a few other members of the royal family.

She called Charles' wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall (opens in new tab), "wonderful" and added that she has a "lovely sense of humor...she’s made [Prince Charles] so happy."

And, of the younger generation of royals, the former courtier said, "Prince William and Kate (opens in new tab) are wonderful. The Duchess of Cambridge, of course, is the star of the moment."

We hope you enjoyed your daily cup of royal tea (opens in new tab).


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