Katie Nicholl said the heir to the throne chats with his father 'almost every day'Believes William and Charles are 'on the same page' over the monarchy's futureSuggested the vision could include axing the Duke of York from royal events
Prince William and King Charles have been ‘brought closer’ by Megxit, while Prince Andrew will be axed from royal events after losing the ‘protection’ of the Queen, a royal author claimed today.
Katie Nicholl, author of The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, said the heir to the throne chats with his father ‘almost every day’, with the pair ‘on the same page’ over the future of the monarchy.
She said their vision includes preventing Andrew from maintaining a visible role in the Royal Family in an attempt to move on from ‘scandals past and present’. This was a reference to his relationship with paedophile US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and claims – which he has long denied – that he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre when she was 17.
Ms Nicholl told Lorraine: ‘I think Megxit inevitably brought William and Charles closer together. Charles already has the plan for his first five years ready to go and he’s ready to hit the ground running and impress us as King.
‘Now Charles and William holiday together and speak on the phone almost every day. They are also on the same page on the future of the monarchy.’
Katie Nicholl, author of The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, said the heir to the throne chats with his father ‘almost every day’
Asked about the Duke of York, she said: ‘I think the Queen was protecting him. I had sources very close to the Queen who said she asked Andrew what had happened and put him on the spot.
‘He said he was innocent, and as a mother as well as the Queen she did stand behind him until the end.
‘What will happen now is interesting. We’ve seen Andrew be a key part of the royal mourning period but I don’t think we’re going to see much of him – if anything – now.
‘Charles is focused on the future of the Royal Family and his reign. He’s not going to want that to be affected by scandals past or present. There will be a real streamlining that we will see played out in real time.’
In a more lighthearted moment of the interview, Ms Nicholl claimed that King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla had previously watched episodes of the Crown.
The Netflix show has long been criticised for painting a largely fictionalised portrait of royal life without a corresponding disclaimer for viewers.
Ms Nicholl said Prince Andrew would no longer appear at royal events during Charles’ reign
Ms Nicholl said: ‘The Duchess has a wonderful sense of humour. They did watch the last series, I think the King stopped at a point.
‘But the Duchess watched it and took it with a pinch of salt. Whether they’ll be watching the next series, I guess now.’
King Charles and wife Camilla made their first public appearance since the Queen’s funeral on Sunday – greeting well-wishers at church.
The couple looked pensive as they were driven to Crathie Kirk, the Scottish parish church close to the Balmoral estate.
Charles, 73, wore black while Camilla, 75, appeared to be wearing black, grey and red check tartan under her sombre black coat.
They looked serious but managed a smile for a small crowd of well-wishers as they arrived at the church.
It was the first time they had been seen in public since the State funeral for Queen Elizabeth II last Monday.
She attended services at Crathie Kirk regularly when she spent summers at Balmoral Castle, where she died earlier this month.
Source: Megxit brought William and Charles closer together and Prince Andrew was ‘protected by the Queen’ – but WON’T be a key part of the streamlined monarchy because the King doesn’t want to be ‘affected by scandals past and present’