Prince Charles is reportedly looking to have a team of seven senior royals - not including Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew - when he ascends to the throne.
The first steps for a small senior royal team are already in place, and the Queen revealed her new team of eight senior royals at Christmas last year.
Her 'New Firm', featuring the Queen, Charles, Camilla, Princess Anne, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, came together for a reunion photo at Windsor Castle after the Covid lockdown.
The arrangement fits with Prince Charles’s long-term vision of a slimmed-down monarch, reports The Mirror.
Royal author Angela Levin told talkRADIO : "Prince Charles has wanted for a very long time to cut the monarchy down to save costs and to make people be worth the money that they got from the taxpayer.
"I imagine that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the Royal family.
"I think the outer edge, which the Queen has wanted to keep together for a very long time for sentimental reasons, which at her age she didn't really particularly want change which I think is understandable.
"But he wants to change and I think he will do that."
Courtiers have been told to plan events for the eight senior members, unofficially dubbed the 'New Firm'.
A royal source said: "The family are united in exploring the possibilities in working with each other to highlight the causes dear to their hearts, helping each other and the country at the same time."
When Charles takes the throne many members of the royal family will be handed different titles.
At the moment, he is the Prince of Wales but this title will pass to his son William.
It is not known if Kate will take up the tile Princess of Wales.
Following Prince Philip's death last month, Prince Charles was handed his title the Duke of Edinburgh however he won't use it.
When Charles becomes King, the title will go to the Queen and Philip's youngest son, Prince Edward.