Britain's Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive to attend a Christmas Day Service with other members of the royal family at St. Mary's church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen's retreat, in Norfolk, England, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Britain’s Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at St. Mary’s church last year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Talk about reading a lot into the high-tea leaves of workplace maneuverings: the move of Prince Charles’ press office from his residence, Clarence House, to Buckingham Palace is being seen as the latest evidence of the prince’s transition to taking over the family firm.

Prince Charles’s 10-person team of image-makers will consolidate with the press operation that represents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as a third operation that handled media for the younger generation of royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, The Telegraph is reporting.

Prince Charles’ communications secretary, Sally Osman, will lead the newly combined super-group, a development that seems to indicate that the 65-year old prince will increasingly be the face of the royal family. “The Prince of Wales and other younger members of the Royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, are shouldering more and more public duties,” the paper reports. “The staff reshuffle is part of a strategy to ensure a smooth transition when Charles eventually succeeds the Queen.”