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Staff at Windsor Castle fear they will lose their jobs this Christmas amid cutbacks being made by King Charles.
The new monarch has already placed 100 employees at Clarence House – his former official residence – on redundancy notice and that fate now looks likely for some of the late Queen's key aides on the Windsor estate.
It is believed that the King and Queen Consort have not stayed at Windsor since the death of his mother in September with staff admitting the castle "feels eerily quiet".
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A source has told The Mirror that many royal workers are "extremely worried about their futures" and Buckingham Palace did not respond to the claim.
The Windsor insider said: "It’s a really testing time. Many are already resigned to leaving jobs they have cherished for years. It’s left a real sense of dread among staff."
The late Queen’s ladies in waiting and personal staff at the Royal Stud in Sandringham, Norfolk, are also among others whose jobs are thought to be at risk.
The King has still not revealed his plans for the breeding facility, despite agreeing for 14 horses to be sold.
Many Windsor staff had been preparing to welcome the Queen back from her summer break at Balmoral when she died.
She had spent much of her time there since the pandemic.
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Insiders say the King and Camilla have "no desire" to stay at the castle in the near future.
William and Kate, who moved to a cottage on the Windsor estate to be closer to the Queen, are also said to be unwilling to move in.
Royal family watchers now wonder whether the King will keep the castle for weekends, as well as Sandringham.
He also has homes at Balmoral, Highgrove in Gloucestershire and a cottage in Wales.
Camilla also has a six-bedroom house in Wiltshire for when her family visits.
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