Prince Charles: How Prince of Wales will make Britain proud when he becomes King
Prince Charles will make a fine king and Britain has never had a future monarch so well prepared, a British historian has claimed.
Prince Charles, 69, has come under fire this week following the publication of Tom Bower’s unauthorised biography Rebel Prince.
But historian David Sandbrook brushed off criticisms to praise the Prince of Wales.
Mr Sandbrook said: “The plain fact is that we have never had a better-prepared future King. Yes of course, Charles can be prickly, petty, and self-indulgent.
“But he has shown himself to be admirably earnest, well-intentioned and public-spirited. Who among us can honestly say that we could do better?”
Prince Charles carries out hundreds of engagements a year and has helped thousands of young people through his charity The Prince’s Trust.
Mr Sandbrook said: “We often forget that Charles is not a young man. He is 69, old enough for a pension and a buss pass. But he still undertakes some 600 engagements a year.”
The Prince’s Trust, a UK based charity set up in 1976 by Charles for vulnerable young people, has helped at least 870,000 young people, and has given back about £1.4 billion in benefits to society, Mr Sandbrook wrote, citing an HSBC study.
Mr Sandbrook also praised Charles as a “pioneer” who led a movement of eating organic food, “rather than airlifted produce from South America and factory-assembled ready meals”, and as a “campaigner” against plastic pollution.
He added: “If more of us had been prepared to listen to him, we might be a healthier, greener and slimmer nation. So good for Charles for lending his voice to what is surely one of the outstanding causes of our times.”
Mr Sandbrook’s comments come after a scathing commentary last week which claims the Prince of Wales has a streak of petulance, self-pity and self-indulgence.
The claims, published in an unauthorised biography of Prince Charles, details a man who is obsessed with what the public think of him, and as a royal completely indifferent to the life of ordinary people.
The plain fact is that we have never had a better-prepared future King
According to Tom Bower’s Rebel Prince, published on Thursday, Charles changes his clothes five times a day, insists on travelling with his own bed and toilet seat, and two pictures of the Scottish Highlands.
The biography also alleges that Charles once threw a dinner plate on the floor at a dinner party after finding out that he had low popularity ratings.
Charles also allegedly had a habit of hurling objects at the radio when “enraged by an item..The set was always being repaired”.
But Mr Sandbrook fought back against the comments and said: “What all this gossip misses is the single most important fact about Charles, which is that he has been remarkably good Prince of Wales and will probably be a perfectly good King.”
The comments come as discussion surrounding Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall’s future role in the monarchy is debated.
Camilla has cemented her place in the Royal Family in recent years and the Queen elevated her to the Privy Council in June 2016.
The Queen’s promotion of Camilla was seen by many as possible signal that her son and heir intends to make her Queen Camilla.
But the future title of Camilla has been in doubt for years amid a lack of public support and the Duchess of Cornwall herself unwilling to take the role of Queen.
When Prince Charles married Camilla in 2005, Clarence House said the Duchess of Cornwall would not become Queen when her husband takes the throne.
For 1,000 years the wives of English Kings have been known as Queen, although a consort holds no constitutional power.
It has long been claimed Camilla wishes to become Princess Consort when Prince Charles becomes King.
And Charles has fuelled speculation that he could try to make Camilla his Queen after statements saying she will be styled Princess Consort were removed from the Clarence House website.
Clarence House has not commented on the book’s claims.
Source: EXPRESS CO Uk
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