British royal family could be 'gone within two generations'

Prince George ‘will never be king’ because the modern royals ‘just seen as celebrities’ and the monarchy will die out ‘within two generations’, Hilary Mantel claims

  • Author Hilary Mantel believes monarchy could be gone in two generations
  • Hilary, 69, says she admires the devotion of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles
  •  But she said it’s hard to understand monarchy in our celebrity-driven world

The author, 69, from Glossop, is best known for her Wolf Hall trilogy that traced the rise of blacksmith’s son Thomas Cromwell to Henry VIII’s chief minister and then his downfall and execution.

In a new interview, she has said that she admires the devotion of Queen Elizabeth, 95, and heir Charles, Prince of Wales, but doesn’t think The Firm is build to last. 

Speaking to The Times yesterday, Hilary claimed: ‘It’s very hard to understand the thinking behind the monarchy in the modern world when people are just seen as celebrities.’

Novelist Hilary Mantel has claimed that there are only two generations left in Britain’s monarchy, and therefore Prince George will never be crowned king 

Meanwhile she said she believes Prince Charles and the Queen do the job ‘as well as anyone possibly could’ and ‘take it as seriously as anyone could.’

Speaking of the Prince of Wales, she said: ‘He is a very deep thinking man and I am sure that includes thinking about his role and what it still means, even though he’d be a king in a modern world. 

‘Kingship is so ancient and it has a dimension of holiness.’ 

But when asked how long the monarchy had left, Mantel said that her ‘back of the envelope’ calculation was just two generations. 

In a new interview, she has said that she admires the devotion of Queen Elizabeth, 95, and heir Charles, Prince of Wales, but doesn’t think The Firm is build to last 

If Hilary is right, that would mean that while Prince Charles, and Prince William, 39 could ascend to the throne, Prince George, 8, would not become king. 

Dame Hilary is the first woman to win the Booker Prize twice – in 2009 for Wolf Hall, and for Bring Up The Bodies in 2012 – the first two instalments of her trilogy.

The works of historical fiction are set in the Tudor period and chronicle the rise to power of Cromwell while The Mirror And The Light tracks his fall and the last four years of his life from 1536 until his execution.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Writer Hilary Mantel is best known for her Wolf Hall trilogy that traced the rise of blacksmith’s son Thomas Cromwell to Henry VIII’s chief minister and then his downfall and execution

Earlier this year, a royal author claimed Prince William and Kate told Prince George about his future role as King of England ‘sometime around his seventh birthday’.

The Duke and Duchess previously held off on discussing their eldest son’s ‘life of future royal service and duty’ to give him a ‘normal family upbringing’.

In a new chapter of his updated book Battle of Brothers, released today, royal author Robert Lacey told how William and Kate, both 39, wanted to broach the subject at a ‘controlled moment of their choice’. 

Hilary’s comments come days after Kate and Prince William’s former secretary said the couple have the perfect balance to  ‘lead modern monarchy’.

Earlier this year, a royal author claimed Prince William and Kate told Prince George about his future role as King of England ‘sometime around his seventh birthday’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 38, are currently living in their London home of Kensington Palace as their children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, return to school and nursery in the capital.

Insiders have now revealed how the the couple’s ‘magic’ comes from their different backgrounds, and said the pair plan to ‘mix the traditional duty with being thoroughly modern parents’.

Speaking to People magazine, the Cambridge’s former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton said: ‘He has the experience of knowing where the institution sits and seeing it evolve. 

‘The Duchess brings this pragmatic awareness of what it’s like to be from a decent, down-to-earth family.’

Meanwhile royal author Andrew Lownie claimed the couple have been given a ‘higher role’ in the royal family due to their popularity.

Speaking to the Express, Andrew said the Duke and Duchess are stepping forward as the Queen is ‘standing back.’

He explained: ‘William and Kate, who seem to be very popular, are stepping into the position that Charles and Camilla had.

‘Because they are, I would say almost more popular than Charles and Camilla, they’ve probably been given a higher role.’

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