Prince William could turn out to be the last ever King of England, says Wolf Hall trilogy author Dame Hilary Mantel.
Dame Hilary told The Telegraph that ‘it’s the end of the game’ and that belief in the monarchy has faded over time.
The author is famous for her historical fiction and won the Booker Prize for Wolf Hall, which charted the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII.
She said “I think it’s the end game. I don’t know how much longer the institution will go on.
“I’m not sure if it will outlast William. So I think it will be their last big era.
“I wish the Queen had felt able to abdicate because Charles has had to wait such a long time.”
“I wonder if she’s the only person who really believes in the monarchy now, and I’m sure she believes with all her heart.”
Prince Charles is reportedly looking to have a team of seven senior royals – not including Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew – when he ascends to the throne in an effort to shore up the institution.
The first steps for a small senior royal team are already in place, and the Queen revealed her new team of eight senior royals at Christmas last year.
Her ‘New Firm’, featuring the Queen, Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, came together for a reunion photo at Windsor Castle after the Covid lockdown.
The arrangement fits with Prince Charles’s long-term vision of a slimmed-down monarch, reports The Mirror.
Royal author Angela Levin told talkRADIO : “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 got from the taxpayer.
“I imagine that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the Royal family.
“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.”