In a compelling claim by a former royal butler, Paul Burrell, the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II looms overwhelmingly large, presenting a formidable challenge for King Charles that will persistently overshadow his reign. Burrell, who has deep roots in the royal establishment, underscores the monumental 70-year reign of the Queen as an “insurmountable act to follow,” a sentiment he believes the King internally recognizes.
According to Express, Burrell intimates that the publication of the late monarch’s biography in the current climate could be “absolutely explosive,” potentially destabilizing the remainder of King Charles’s reign. Sharing his insights with Slingo, Burrell conveyed, “Presently, the release of such dynamite—given the Queen’s robust and enduring legacy—could indeed engulf the King’s reign, as succeeding her is an unattainably towering task. Posthumously, the Queen’s own words could stir a royal tempest, distressing both the King and Queen.”
He further speculated on the possible authorship of Queen Elizabeth’s biography, considering William Shawcross, renowned for penning the Queen Mother’s biography, as a likely candidate, while also leaving room for a potential female writer to undertake the task. However, Burrell cautioned: “Regardless of its author, expect thorough editing and redaction by the King, potentially veiling the genuine truth from ever surfacing.”
Burrell, who previously labeled Charles as a “caretaker” King, elaborated that his reign would predominantly be a “reserved” one, essentially maintaining the royal status quo until Prince William is poised to assume the role. He shared: “In observing the King’s initial year, he has visibly maintained a low-key presence, astutely managing the monarchy whilst abstaining from profound or radical alterations.”
Moreover, Burrell suggested a deliberate, “quiet” management style in Charles’s reign, aimed at smoothly sustaining the “family firm” without instigating major shifts. He opined, “There’s an evident downsizing and preservationist approach to the monarchy, akin to securing it in protective wrap until it transitions to the next generation, exemplifying a true caretaker scenario.” He indicates a subtle adaptation rather than a shift in Charles’s longstanding views, ensuring a steady, albeit quieter, continuation of the monarchy until the baton is passed to the ensuing generation.