Princess Anne: slimmed-down monarchy 'not a good idea'

STORY: In several interviews, King Charles has expressed a desire to reduce the number of working royals.

While Charles has seen an increase in his own popularity rating in recent months, surveys tracking long-term sentiment towards the royals showed support for the monarchy to be at a record low

In recent years, such surveys have repeatedly shown an increasing divide between the generations, with young people far less supportive or just ambivalent about the monarchy.

Backing for the royals has declined over the last few years amid a period of turmoil for the family.

There has been the departure from the royal roles of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, and their subsequent criticism of Buckingham Palace and even allegations of racism.