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The Royal Family as we know it may not "outlast" Prince William and its last "big era" is approaching, a royal expert has claimed.
Two-time Booker prize-winning author Hilary Mantel, who has written a series of fiction books on the monarchy, told the Daily Telegraph she doesn’t know how much longer the institution will last.
She said the Queen is potentially the “only person who really believes in the monarchy.”
She claimed the Firm the Queen has built may not last beyond William’s reign and admits that she wishes Charles was on the throne.
Dame Hilary said: "I think it’s the end game. I don’t know how much longer the institution will go on.
"I’m not sure if it will outlast William. So I think it will be their last big era.
"I wish the Queen had felt able to abdicate, because Charles has had to wait such a long time."
Her Majesty sees her place on the throne as a "sacred task" based on a promise she made to God and the country and she will not give that up, Ms Mantel claimed.
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This puts Queen Elizabeth II in a "lonely position," as the public see her role as a job she can retire from as appose to a birthright.
She said: "I wonder if she’s the only person who really believes in the monarchy now, and I’m sure she believes with all her heart."
Dame Hilary sparked a Royal row in 2013 with comments she made about then-pregnant Kate Middleton during a lecture at the British museum.
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She claimed she was once asked to name a famous person and choose a book to give them, to which she said she’d give Kate Middleton the book Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution.
The comments were criticised by then-Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Ms Mantel went on to defend her comments, claiming her remarks had been misquoted and that her speech was supportive of Kate.
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