PRINCE CHARLES astonished reporters when he shed light on how he is planning to approach his role as King of the United Kingdom in the future, royal expert Rhiannon Mills claimed.
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Prince Charles is set to succeed his mother Queen Elizabeth II to the throne once the monarch passes away. Speculation has been rife over the past few years on whether the Prince of Wales could be bypassed to have his eldest son Prince William take on the crown due to criticism over Charles’ alleged “meddling” into political life. Royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills revealed the first-in-line to the throne personally addressed his plans for the role with an outburst which “took aback” members of the press.
Speaking to Sky News’ podcast Behind the Headline, Ms Mills said: “We’ve always wanted to ask him, ‘are you going to be a meddling monarch?’ but in an interview in the run-up to his 70th birthday, his answer took all of the royal correspondents back a bit.
“He came out and said, ‘I’m not that stupid. I realise that when, one day, I am sovereign, I will have to play a different role’.”
Charles generated major criticism with his “black spider” letters which revealed the Prince of Wales had written extensively to ministers on a number of issues over the years.
A series of Freedom of Information requests published in 2015 revealed the heir to the throne had written to Tony Blair when he was Prime Minister to protest against ill-equipped British troops fighting in Iraq as well as to others in government on a wide range of issues from farming, the environment, homeopathy and the Patagonian Toothfish.
Prince Charles reportedly said “I am not that stupid” when asked about meddling when king (Image: GETTY)
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Ms Mills continued: “The problem all along, though, is how Prince Charles views his interfering.
“He believes that when he is writing letters to MPs and politicians on a whole range of issues, whether it’s the health service, it’s the military or the Patagonian toothfish, he has always believed he was being helpful.
“But critics of Prince Charles say ‘look, this is not on, this is political lobbying.’
She added: “One of the reasons that his mother, the Queen, has been so successful as a monarch is she has always remained politically neutral.”
In 2017, Prince William also revealed he had written to members of Government to “purely to point them towards people I think they should see”.
And Charles’ daughter-in-law Meghan Markle has also been warned to keep away from political commentary due to her vocal support for women empowerment causes.
Prince Charles was revealed to have written extensively to ministers in the past (Image: GETTY)
Prince William also admitted to writing to members of Government like Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle has also been warned to beware of being interfering in politics (Image: GETTY)
Ingrid Seward, a prominent royal biographer, claimed in March the Duchess of Sussex had royal staff “recoil” with her outspoken comments on feminism and female empowerment.
Ms Seward told Yahoo’s The Royal Box: “I don’t think the Royal Family are ready for any feminist comments at all.
“Some of the more old-fashioned courtiers recoil when they see some of the things that Meghan says.”
“It’s likely they feel they might get into trouble because she might be putting her feet into the political abyss.
“The Royal Family don’t talk about politics because they don’t want to get criticised for that.
“Meghan is walking a very tight rope there.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK