What kind of king might Prince Charles be?

“I wish I could be proud of you, Mum,” The Sun Splash told The Sun Splash after Prince Charles intervened on behalf of the Queen at the official opening of Parliament this week.

The Queen missed the ceremony for the first time in 59 years on the advice of doctors, leaving her visibly “emotional” eldest son to deliver the Queen’s speech on her behalf, “in a historic change of protocol,” the paper said.

The presence of the Prince of Wales in the House of Lords on Tuesday “was an astonishing visual moment in an ongoing transition of power,” The Washington Post said. With the “longest waiting period for a British monarch” to have his “moment in the spotlight”, the newspaper added, “it was possible to get a glimpse of what he could have been like as a king”.

advocacy issues

As King, the Telegraph said, “Charles will likely continue to champion causes he was already passionate about.”

Climate change is expected to remain high on the agenda for the 73-year-old prince. At the opening ceremony of last year’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Charles gave a speech calling for urgent action and warning that time was “completely running out”.

And in a pre-recorded speech last month to the Our Ocean Conference, hosted by the United States and the Republic of Palau, he warned that we are “literally poisoning ourselves” with pollution.

His outspoken stance on environmental issues has been praised by activists, but concerns have also been raised about how this commitment fits in with his royal duties. “I wonder how Prince Charles felt about reading #QueensSpeech with not too much environmental fat in it…” chirp Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas after Tuesday’s party.

“honest interventions”

Over the years, many government ministers have received private letters from Charles – nicknamed “The Notes of the Black Spider” because of his distinctive handwriting – on topics ranging from agriculture to grammar schools.

Such interventions have earned the prince a reputation as meddling, unlike the Queen, who has been praised for “keeping her almost entirely out of public discussions on political matters,” the Guardian said in 2014.

Royal insiders told the newspaper that Charles wanted to reshape the king’s role and make “honest interventions” in national life as king. “He will be true to his beliefs and contributions,” one source said.

weak monarchy

Royal experts have suggested that as king, Charles may seek to reduce the ranks of the royal family. “There is a feeling that Charles wants a watered-down monarchy to make sure everyone does their homework and [there are] Camila Tominay said from the Telegraph inside her Royal insight video series.

Speculation is rife about who might make the final cut. “We can expect Camilla to take a leading role, as is typical of the King’s wife,” said Marie Claire. As for the rest of the royal family, future heir Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will certainly retain their current roles.

Looking into the future, it’s also possible that three of Charles’ grandchildren – George, Charlotte and Louis, third, fourth and fifth in line to the throne respectively – will assume increasing royal responsibilities.

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