PRINCE CHARLES could put the future of the monarchy under question because of a trait departing from royal tradition, commentator Rita Panahi claimed.
Prince Charles is first in line to the throne and is expected to take over the Crown once his mother the Queen dies. While a popular member of the Royal Family, the Prince of Wales’ tendency to be very outspoken on causes he holds dear sparked calls for him to pass on the title of King to his eldest son, Prince William. Sky News Australia Rita Panahi claimed Charles’ openness could threaten the future of the monarchy once he becomes king: “I do fear for the future of the monarchy when Prince Charles becomes King.
“I think he’s everything that the Queen is not.
“I don’t think he’s going to be able to stay away from these contentious issues, to understand his role and not to preach about climate change…or other issues he’s spoken about in the past.
“For the sake of the monarchy, and for the sake of our Constitution, unless we want to become a republic, I do hope the Queen holds on and perhaps Prince William takes over, and Prince Charles goes off with Camilla and has some quiet time.”
Prince Charles has long been an outspoken conservation advocate, having openly called on global actors to work together to make the world more sustainable to protect the environment.
Prince Charles has sparked controversy in the past because of his outspokenness (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles pictured arriving at WaterAid’s Water and Climate even in early March (Image: GETTY)
But in a family where neutrality has long been the key to popularity, the Prince of Wales’ interventions have come under fire for departing from tradition.
Royal biographer Angela Levin claimed the Queen and Prince Philip themselves have been “annoyed” on several occasions by their son’s comments and statements.
Speaking to Channel 5, Ms Levin said: “He annoyed his parents, actually.
“They felt he was weak, they felt they couldn’t trust him to be king, that he had all these funny ideas about spiritualism and plastic in the sea.”
Prince Charles has been urged on some occasions to pass on the crown to Prince William (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles laying a wreath to commemorate VE Day on May 8 (Image: GETTY)
In the early 2000s, Prince Charles attempted to stop the publication of the so-called “black spider memos”, a collection of memoranda and letters he directed to ministers and members of Cabinet through the years.
The documents showed the Prince of Wales had contacted politicians and other public stakeholders to share his views on several issues, including affordable rural housing and public health.
Attempts to prevent the publication of the memos opened Charles up to criticism suggesting he was meddling in politics and therefore threatening to damage the neutrality of the Royal Family.
Clarence House defended the prince’s intervention, noting the correspondence showed “the range of the Prince of Wales’ concerns and interests for this country and the wider world”.
Prince Charles is currently first in line to the throne (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)
In a statement released in 2015, Clarence House said: “The letters published by the Government show the Prince of Wales expressing concern about issues that he has raised in public like affordable rural housing, the quality of hospital food, the preservation and regeneration of historic buildings, an integrated approach to healthcare, climate change, and others.
“In all these cases, the Prince of Wales is raising issues of public concern, and trying to find practical ways to address the issues.”
The Prince of Wales also appears to have passed on his tendency to be outspoken to both his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
Both William and Harry have opened up on several occasions about the impact their mother Diana’s tragic death during their teenage years had on their mental health.
The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex have repeatedly joined forces in a bid to improve the public debate on mental health issues, and they have repeatedly praised the Prince of Wales for his commitment to the environment.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK