Prince William, Kate called to 'urgent' meeting with King Charles at Balmoral - report

King Charles has reportedly called William and Kate to an urgent meeting.
King Charles has reportedly called William and Kate to an urgent meeting. Photo credit: Getty Images

King Charles is reportedly seeking to hold an urgent summit with Prince William and his wife Kate to discuss the future of the monarchy.

UK tabloid The Daily Mirror claimed the meeting at Balmoral will happen on Monday (UK time) and this was why Prince William was not in Australia to attend the FIFA Women's World Cup final.

That decision saw William roundly criticised online for his lack of perceived in-person support for the Lionesses in their final against Spain. 

However, the Mirror claimed a royal summit would lay out the future direction of the monarchy, and that William and Kate's "star quality" will play a key part in helping keep the Commonwealth together.

It is also believed Queen Camilla will be in attendance at the meeting as her future within the monarchy will be discussed.

"His Majesty is very clear. The Commonwealth must be at the very heart of his reign. He sees it as his utmost duty to fulfil the sincere wish of his late mother, that one of his central roles must be to ensure not only the survival but the robustness (of the organisation)," a source told the newspaper.

The source also claimed the King is well aware of William and Kate's popularity and will want to use that to win over the public.

The rumoured summit would come just two weeks ahead of the one year anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth.

In the months after her death, there had been reports Charles had been looking at slimming down the monarchy and also ensuring their future amid growing calls for countries to move away from the Commonwealth and royal reign.