Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest son of Elizabeth II. He has been Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay since 1952, and he is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history.
He is also the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held that title since 1958. Charles was born at Buckingham Palace as the first grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. He was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun schools, which his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had attended as a child. Charles also spent a year at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia.
Prince Charles' plan for a "slimmed down Royal Family" was forced to put aside after the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell exit, a royal expert has claimed.
The Prince of Wales is reportedly keen to tighten the Firm’s ranks and it is believed he wants to assemble a team of seven senior royals to cut costs and boost the monarchy's popularity with the taxpayer.But the so-called Charles Project was placed under huge strain when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex settled in US and signed mega deals with American television networks, Spotify and Netflix.READ NEXT: Kate's 'sexiest thing' comment about William at graduation spotted by lip readerVanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl shared her view on Dynasty Podcast and pointed out that Charles will be a "transitional king" but still want to "make a difference".She said: "The challenge is there is a generational divide and we saw that, particularly after Megxit."The older generation saw Meghan and Harry leaving as betrayal but the younger generation had no problem with it."In some ways, it's the younger generation that needs to be convinced there can be a place for a hereditary monarchy in a modern society."Co-host Erin Vanderhoof then asked what Charles could do to envision his plan for a slimmed-down Royal Family."Is he willing to scale back the family's participation in public events for the sake of keeping a firewall between the monarchy?" she said."When I talked to Sally Bedell Smith (contributing editor for Vanity Fair) she said that Charles had wanted to marginalise his siblings a bit more than he already has but he still needs Edward and Anne to carry the load."We know that he's not going to have the long reign that his mother has had so he has to be thinking.Read more on dailystar.co.uk