London( CNN) Like any establishment, kingdoms must adapt to remain relevant and in place.

For the British royal family, that has made slimming down to reflect more austere occasions — as demonstrated by the ever-decreasing multitudes appearing on the palace balcony during national celebrations.

The Queen’s believe was that those in the direct line of sequence — Lord Charles, William and George — would retain the support of their siblings in carrying out their public imperatives, but not the many cousins that Elizabeth II and her predecessors were able to count on too.

The issue for William is that he is one of exclusively two siblings. Which is why his brother, Prince Harry, was always seen as integral to the monarchy — the key burden-sharer of his generation.


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