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Former BBC presenter Andrew Marr has slammed 'free-riding' royal family members as he claims they will spark an 'ethical earthquake' after the death of the Queen.
The 62-year-old addressed his concerns for the future of the monarchy during his first interview since leaving the BBC in December after more than two decades at the broadcaster.
He explained to the Daily Mail that he expected the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge to "orchestrate a clear-out" with the aim of maintaining the support of the public.
He said: "When that terrible day comes that the Queen is no longer with us, the country will go into a state of shock.
"It will be like an ethical earthquake and I do not think it is fully understood or appreciated how this is going to be an absolutely massive moment in all our lives.
"I know the Prince of Wales has plans for reforming the monarchy; it appears Charles and William will orchestrate a clear-out.
"It won't be the same: the modern monarchy under Charles has to earn its place every day, every week and every month in people's affections.
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"I'm sorry to say some members of the royal family have been behaving like free riders.
"They assume the monarchy – the institution itself – can never be questioned. But the reason it is not being questioned is because of the Queen herself."
The political commentator's scathing rant comes after Prince Andrew and Prince Harry have missed out on the Queen's Jubilee medal.
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Prince Andrew lost his military affiliations and Royal patronages with the Queen's approval amid the looming Virginia Giuffre civil sex case.
He will no longer use the style "His Royal Highness" in any official capacity and will face a civil trial over assault allegations, which he denies.
Prince Harry gave up his HRH and army titles after he and Meghan Markle stepped down as working members of the Royal Family in January 2020.
The Jubilee Medal, which will be awarded on Feb 6, is given as a thank you to active members of the Armed Forces, emergency and prison services or members of the royal family who have honorary military titles.
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