Are Prince Andrew and Prince Charles brothers

Prince Charles: is he excluding Prince Andrew from the royal family?

In the wake of the scandal surrounding his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew has announced that he is withdrawing from his royal duties - for the "foreseeable future", according to a statement from the palace. But it could also turn out differently.

Prince Charles, 71, is playing with the idea of ​​reorganizing the British royal family after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth, 93, claims Royal experts have been saying for some time. The scandal surrounding his younger brother Prince Andrew, 59, could give the project a new impetus. But from the beginning.

Prince Andrew and the Epstein case

What Prince Andrew, 59, had to announce on November 20, 2019, will go down as a negative entry in the history of the House of Windsor: With the permission of the Queen, he will resign from his public duties as royal for the "foreseeable future". The reason given by the Prince was "circumstances related to my previous association with Jeffrey Epstein," which greatly affect the "work of my family" and "the valuable work being done in the many organizations and charities I am proud to support impaired ". Charles and Prince William, 37, rumors in the British press, are said to have been strong advocates of the resignation decision.

This was preceded by a TV interview Andrews recorded with horror in Great Britain about the friendship with the convicted sex offender Epstein, † 66, and the accusation that he, Andrew, had sex with the then 17-year-old Epstein victim Virginia Roberts in 2001 .

Could Andrew's resignation become one for good?

Prince Charles 'plans for the royals' future

In the Channel 5 documentary "Royal Family at War," which aired in April 2019, Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine and the Queen's biographer, claims Charles wanted"draw the public to the core of the royal familyIn their opinion, this means that there is no more room for Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, among others. "I think Prince Charles has the feeling that there are too many of them [royals]," added Seward. "There are too many beneficiaries if you want to."

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, whose father Dickie Arbiter served as the Royals' press spokesman from 1998 to 2000, sees it similarly to Seward. "I think Charles needs a stripped-down monarchy to stay relevant for future generations. Because people get frustrated with strap hangers - the people who are funded by the monarchy but don't do enough for them."

Indeed: A survey of 2,038 British people published on November 24, 2019 on behalf of the Sunday Express newspaper shows that 54 percent believe the time has come for a “stripped-down royal family”.

Who actually belongs to the British royal family?

In the UK, there is no strict rule of who is royalty and who is not. If one assumes in a narrower sense that its members are those persons who bear the title of Royal Highness, then King George V, the grandfather of Queen Elizabeth, laid down the order for today's royal family with the establishment of the House of Windsor in 1917.

He decreed that "the children of a sovereign of the United Kingdom and the children of the sons of such sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall at all times hold and enjoy the title". In 2012 the Queen also decreed that all children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, i.e. all children of Prince William, are Royal Highnesses. There are currently 23 holders of the title in the British royal family.

For the generation of the current sovereign, Queen Elizabeth, this means: Royal Highnesses are all four of the Queen's children (Charles, Anne, Andrew, Edward) as well as the Children of Charles and Andrew(Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice) as well as all grandchildren from Charles (George, Charlotte, Louis). In addition, the Queen's cousins ​​and their spouses bear the title of Royal Highness.

Prince Edward's children are not Royal Highnesses because Edward renounced them. The same goes for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.

Important: Andrew is born with the title "Prince" and cannot be revoked by the Queen (or later Charles). It is different with the predicate "His Royal Highness". In 1997, the Queen withdrew this designation from a family member for the first time - and to date for the only time -: Princess Diana, after the divorce from Prince Charles.

These royals actively represent

Not every Royal Highness is active for the royal family at the same time. Currently, the "Court Circular", the royal calendar of appointments that can be viewed publicly on the website of the British royal family, lists 18 public authorities. It refers to:

  • The Queen
  • Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla (Son and daughter-in-law of the Queen)
  • Prince William and Duchess Catherine (Grandson of the Queen and his wife)
  • Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan (Grandson of the Queen and his wife)
  • Prince Andrew(Son of the queen)
  • Prince Edward and Countess Sophie of Wessex(Son and daughter-in-law of the Queen)
  • Princess Anne(Daughter of the queen)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester(Queen's cousin and his wife)
  • The Duke and Duchess of Kent (Queen's cousin and his wife)
  • Princess Alexandra(Cousin of the queen)
  • Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (Queen's cousin and his wife)

The bearer of the title of Royal Highness also counts Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. William and Kate's children are too young to represent. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie have civil professions and do not have to perform any duties on behalf of their grandmother. On Twitter, Royal reporter Richard Palmer (writes for "Daily Exress") notes that no other monarchy in Europe has as many official representatives as this United Kingdom. His fellow commentator Marlene Koenig then gives an interesting hint: "The other countries are not as big as Great Britain (...). No Commonwealth, no real international coverage (unfortunately). A smaller royal family would work if the United Kingdom would separate and only England and Wales remained. "

Succession to the throne of the English royal family after the birth of Baby Sussex

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A question of money

The financing of the royals from taxpayers' money is a topic in the British media again and again. The so-called Sovereign Grant finances the official duties of the Queen and other members of the Royals. This includes, for example, maintaining the royal palaces, employee salaries, travel expenses and appointments. 92 million are earmarked for the 2019/2020 budget year. The fewer members the royal family has, the smaller the sovereign grant would be. Possibly also a criterion for the consideration of Prince Charles.

How a downsizing of the royal family can take place was demonstrated on October 7, 2019 by King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, 73: He excluded five of his seven grandchildren from the royal family and thus reduced the number of representatives of the Swedish crown from fifteen to ten.

Sources used:Daily Mail, royal.uk, The Express

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