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However, there are now concerns no member of the Royal Family will live there again. The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are both self-isolating at Windsor Castle as vulnerable, shielded people, and aides have cancelled all of Her Majesty’s engagements throughout the summer. One royal source said: “The future is so uncertain it’s impossible to say if it will ever be safe for her to go back.

“At Windsor she has everything she needs, which is provided in a small, safe royal bubble.”

They added: “Buckingham Palace is so large, with so many people, there is no saying when it will ever be safe for her and the Duke of Edinburgh again.”

Prince Andrew – who had an office and apartment at the Palace – has withdrawn from public life over his scandalous friendship with US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and is now based instead at Grade II-listed Royal Lodge, in Windsor.

Princess Anne, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex have been living at their country estates in Gloucestershire and Surrey during lockdown.

Like Andrew, their offices were moved out to nearby St James’s Palace when restoration work began on Buckingham Palace’s EastWing.

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Fears are growing over whether the royal family will return to Windsor (Image: Getty)

And the Prince of Wales has made it clear he has no intention of ever moving into Buckingham Palace when he comes to the throne. It’s understood that he likes his life as it is and where it is and there is no reason for him to move there.

Pointedly, Charles welcomed Emmanuel Macron at his own home, Clarence House on The Mall, instead of the Palace during the French president’s official visit to Britain earlier this month. Those close to Charles say that he plans to retain Buckingham Palace but only for use as offices and as a State building for royal and national events.

The source revealed: “It is fantastically expensive to run as a home, not just for a sovereign, but for their children and then, of course, all the staff who live there too.

“The Prince of Wales is planning an altogether smaller Royal Family and that means finding a more effective way of supporting it.

“If the pandemic has taught the family one thing, it’s that there are new ways of working. We don’t have to do things in the way they’ve been done for hundreds of years.”

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A convoy carrying French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in The Mall en route to Clarence House (Image: London News Pictures)

Royal author Andrew Morton heralded the end of the palace this month when he said that the pandemic may have effectively ended the Queen’s reign.

The best-selling biographer claimed that coronavirus has “done more damage to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell”.

He continued: “It’s terribly sad but I can’t see how the Queen can resume her job. The Covid-19 virus isn’t going away soon. It will be with us for months, if not years. She has always loved getting out and meeting people but she can’t take the risk. The brutal truth is that her reign is effectively over.

“Covid-19 has done more damage to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell. Corona has practically put Charles on the throne.”

All the Queen’s official engagements have been cancelled until autumn. And when President Macron arrived in the UK the closest he got was a phone call from Her Majesty in Windsor. Buckingham Palace will be closed for the summer for what is believed to be the first time in 27 years, with all the Queen’s garden parties cancelled.

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Buckingham Palace will be closed for the summer (Image: PA)

Long-time courtiers say the Prince of Wales believes that mothballing the palace would be a way to trim royal expenditure.

Official accounts show that last year’s bill for up to 400 palace workers was close to £27million. A royal source said: “That’s just the salaries, expenses and pensions. On top of that are contributions to grace and favour homes for the staff and household, taking care of their health, feeding them… it never ends.

“You often have the slightly ludicrous situation where the only people the staff are working for are other, more senior staff and household officials.”

Palace workers have not been furloughed and have been asked to work from home where possible.

However, the Queen’s Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel said a ban on recruitment and a pay freeze signal “very difficult times ahead”. The Palace recently shared images of the extensive repairs to electricity cables, plumbing and heating in the building’s East Wing, which includes the famous balcony and royal apartments.

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The Prince of Wales believes the palace would be a way to cut expenditure (Image: PA)

Some of the work, which will be done in stages over a decade, is so delicate that handmade 19th century wallpaper has been painstakingly removed piece by piece from the Palace’s Yellow Drawing Room in case it was damaged by vibrations caused by the work.

Now it seems the £369million renovation may never be appreciated by another royal resident.

Buckingham Palace could end up as a magnificent royal residence that will never be lived in again following its £369million makeover. Just weeks ago builders restarted the phased 10-year project to update the creaking infrastructure after a three-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, there are now concerns no member of the Royal Family will live there again.

The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are both self-isolating at Windsor Castle as vulnerable, shielded people, and aides have cancelled all of Her Majesty’s engagements throughout the summer. One royal source said: “The future is so uncertain it’s impossible to say if it will ever be safe for her to go back.

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The Queen and Prince Philip are self-isolating at Windsor Caste (Image: Reuters)

“At Windsor she has everything she needs, which is provided in a small, safe royal bubble.”

They added: “Buckingham Palace is so large, with so many people, there is no saying when it will ever be safe for her and the Duke of Edinburgh again.”

Prince Andrew – who had an office and apartment at the Palace – has withdrawn from public life over his scandalous friendship with US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and is now based instead at Grade II-listed Royal Lodge, in Windsor.

Princess Anne, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex have been living at their country estates in Gloucestershire and Surrey during lockdown.

Like Andrew, their offices were moved out to nearby St James’s Palace when restoration work began on Buckingham Palace’s EastWing.

And the Prince of Wales has made it clear he has no intention of ever moving into Buckingham Palace when he comes to the throne. It’s understood that he likes his life as it is and where it is and there is no reason for him to move there.

Pointedly, Charles welcomed Emmanuel Macron at his own home, Clarence House on The Mall, instead of the Palace during the French president’s official visit to Britain earlier this month. Those close to Charles say that he plans to retain Buckingham Palace but only for use as offices and as a State building for royal and national events.

The source revealed: “It is fantastically expensive to run as a home, not just for a sovereign, but for their children and then, of course, all the staff who live there too.

“The Prince of Wales is planning an altogether smaller Royal Family and that means finding a more effective way of supporting it.

“If the pandemic has taught the family one thing, it’s that there are new ways of working. We don’t have to do things in the way they’ve been done for hundreds of years.”

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The Prince of Wales is planning a smaller royal family (Image: Getty)

Royal author Andrew Morton heralded the end of the palace this month when he said that the pandemic may have effectively ended the Queen’s reign.

The best-selling biographer claimed that coronavirus has “done more damage to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell”.

He continued: “It’s terribly sad but I can’t see how the Queen can resume her job. The Covid-19 virus isn’t going away soon. It will be with us for months, if not years. She has always loved getting out and meeting people but she can’t take the risk. The brutal truth is that her reign is effectively over.

“Covid-19 has done more damage to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell. Corona has practically put Charles on the throne.”

All the Queen’s official engagements have been cancelled until autumn. And when President Macron arrived in the UK the closest he got was a phone call from Her Majesty in Windsor. Buckingham Palace will be closed for the summer for what is believed to be the first time in 27 years, with all the Queen’s garden parties cancelled.

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‘Covid-19 has done more damage to the monarchy than Oliver Cromwell’ (Image: Em Pics)

Long-time courtiers say the Prince of Wales believes that mothballing the palace would be a way to trim royal expenditure.

Official accounts show that last year’s bill for up to 400 palace workers was close to £27million. A royal source said: “That’s just the salaries, expenses and pensions. On top of that are contributions to grace and favour homes for the staff and household, taking care of their health, feeding them… it never ends.

“You often have the slightly ludicrous situation where the only people the staff are working for are other, more senior staff and household officials.”

Palace workers have not been furloughed and have been asked to work from home where possible.

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Royal staff have been asked to work from home during the outbreak (Image: Getty)

However, the Queen’s Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel said a ban on recruitment and a pay freeze signal “very difficult times ahead”.

The Palace recently shared images of the extensive repairs to electricity cables, plumbing and heating in the building’s East Wing, which includes the famous balcony and royal apartments.

Some of the work, which will be done in stages over a decade, is so delicate that handmade 19th century wallpaper has been painstakingly removed piece by piece from the Palace’s Yellow Drawing Room in case it was damaged by vibrations caused by the work.

Now it seems the £369million renovation may never be appreciated by another royal resident.



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