Supporters of the new king hail him as the most diligent royal but Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son has a long history of political controversy and dividing public opinion.
In the thousand years in length history of the English regal family, no beneficiary has arranged for the crown more than Lord Charles III. He ascended the throne on Thursday following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, fulfilling a destiny he met at age 3 when he became monarch in 1952. Charles’ wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, now holds the title of mistress.
While Elizabeth was crowned at the age of 27, Charles is 73 older than any other monarch in British history.
Charles is now also the head of the Commonwealth, a colonial grouping of 54 countries comprising 2.4 billion people. She is the head of state in those 15 countries, including Canada and Australia, although the Queen’s death is likely to stir up an already ongoing debate in the Caribbean and elsewhere over whether to leave her former colonial overlord for good.
Excessive privilege, controversy and family drama have left seven decades waiting for a new king. And there has been a long debate about what kind of sovereign she will be after the Queen’s quiet, widely popular reign.
The new king is a millionaire by birthright. His defenders say he has been the hardest-working royal, a tireless campaigner for charitable causes who fought for protection long before such issues became fashionable, earning ridicule in a world that is just now No, until the global warming crisis was awakened.
But according to a pollster tracker that runs YouGov Charles, the Queen was the most popular royal, loved by 75%, liked by 42% and disliked by the British public by 24%.
Many pundits say that Princess Diana and his mutually unfaithful marriage to the royals were not sympathetic to his death in 1997. Others say this is due to the openly political positions he has taken for allegedly non-political royals and is a dramatic departure. Him. Absolutely fair mother. The controversy over some of his stances is no secret to the new emperor.
As you may have noticed from time to time I have made a habit of sticking my head on the parapet and am usually shot for pointing out that I have always been candid about what he said in January 2014 . Said in the speech.
What makes their views potentially difficult is the fact that Britain has a constitutional monarchy, very different from the type of absolute monarchy that wields total undemocratic political power in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
The lord or sovereign has week by week gatherings with the state leader. As the original 19th century essayist Walter Bezot wrote in 1867, the British sovereign has three rights, the right to be consulted, the right to warn, the right to encourage.
The new king has said he will take a different approach from the time he was treated as monarch as the prince told the BBC in 2018 that it was “absolute nonsense” to suggest that he would be openly political because I I’m not that stupid.
You only have to watch Shakespeare’s plays Henry V or Henry IV Parts I and 2 to see the change that could have happened. So of course you operate within the constitutional standards.
Still, some critics believe that his on-the-record views could lead to a constitutional crisis if the government adopts a position he previously considered, from supporting farmers to controversial architecture. until it is approved. Although there is no evidence that he actually intervened.
Born in a Gilded Ballroom
Rani always seemed unnaturally suited for this quiet, responsible role, full of immense soft power but a bit harsh. Sally Bedell Smith, in her unofficial biography Prince Charles The Passion and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, wrote that the newborn heiress was brought to the huge gold ballroom by the royal midwife and placed in a cot for the royal courtiers. Smith said that he had officially become public property even before Charles was born.
His mother and disciplinarian father were often absent to visit the Commonwealth for a month and missed Charles’ first two Christmases and his third birthday.
Charles was a very sensitive and passionate young man, so his alpha male father tried to toughen him up by sending him to Gordonstoun, a rough Spartan boarding school in Scotland, as royal biographer Tina Brown described his conversation with NBC News’ Keir Simmons. Asked for the podcast Born to Rule. this year. This is the story of his whole life. Brown said that Charles’ family was constantly trying to cast him as the future king, which he did not fit in.