Prince Charles warning: Royal told he ‘can’t be activist King’ after years of campaigning

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PRINCE CHARLES has been warned “he can’t be an activist King” by a royal historian, who told Express.co.uk that being monarch is a “different role” to that of the Prince of Wales.

Charles, 72, has been a vocal advocate for the need to protect the environment for decades and has warned of the threat of climate change. He told the BBC last week that it “isn’t helpful” when activists protest “in a way that alienates people”. The heir apparent was asked about the tactics deployed by organisations like Extinction Rebellion during climate change protests.

The group’s offshoot – Insulate Britain – has sparked chaos for UK motorists over the last few weeks by blocking traffic on roads.

Activists have glued themselves to roads and staged ‘sit-ins’ to block highways, with dozens of the campaigners having been arrested.

Insulate Britain demands that the Government insulates all homes by 2030 to meet targets for carbon emissions.

Footage emerged on Tuesday of an Insulate Britain activist blocking a road in Essex and being rammed by a woman driving a Range Rover as she tried to take her son to school.

Although Charles disagrees with the activists’ guerrilla tactics, the Prince of Wales said he “totally understands” their frustration.

Prince Charles warned he ‘can’t be activist King’: ‘Different role than Prince of Wales’

Prince Charles warned he ‘can’t be activist King’: ‘Different role than Prince of Wales’ (Image: GETTY)

Anger: Woman confronts activists on school run

Anger: Woman confronts activists on school run (Image: GETTY)

Climate change is not the only issue that Charles has spoken up about however ‒ he has made his views public on a number of issues including architecture, agriculture and homeopathy.

Royal historian Richard Fitzwilliams has warned Charles against continuing his own “activism” when succeeds the Queen as monarch.

He told Express.co.uk: “It’s a different role, as Prince of Wales he has been an activist, as King he can’t be.

“But it is a very different role, and he will become what it requires when he assumes the throne.

“The role of King is totally different to that of Prince of Wales.

Arrests: Insulate Britain activists have been held

Arrests: Insulate Britain activists have been held (Image: GETTY)

 

“He has been a Prince of Wales who’s done a very great deal and some of that has involved activism, homeopathy, architecture and so on.”

Charles spoke to the BBC last week in the gardens of his home in Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish country estate.

He was asked if he shared the concerns of the Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg.

The Prince of Wales replied: “Of course I do, yes,” saying that he had met the teenager at the World Economic Forum in Davos last year

He added: “All these young people feel nothing is ever happening, so of course they’re going to get frustrated.

“I totally understand because nobody would listen and they see their future being totally destroyed.”

Charles: Heir apparent has campaigned on climate

Charles: Heir apparent has campaigned on climate (Image: GETTY)

Mr Fitzwilliams said Charles would be able to maintain his concerns about climate change when he becomes King, but would be forced to steer clear of political issues.

He said: “Remember, the Prince of Wales has been championing the environment, officially it is a cross-party political issue, everyone is agreed on it, so that isn’t controversial.

“What he wouldn’t do as King is be an activist.

“I think there is no question that we know where he stands on it, but I think as King he will make sure he is strictly neutral on any issue that is an issue that divides political parties.

“The climate emergency was unanimously voted for in parliament.

“Charles has said he won’t be an activist king, he’s created his own role as Prince of Wales and that has meant activism.”

Charles has previously stressed that he would not be an “activist” king.

In a documentary for the BBC marking his 70th birthday in 2018, he claimed he would not meddle with politics, adding: “I’m not that stupid.”

His words echoed that of Mr Fitzwilliams, highlighting the difference between being Prince of Wales and being King.

Insisting his behaviour will change upon taking the throne, he said: “You can’t be the same as the sovereign if you’re the Prince of Wales or the heir.

“But the idea somehow that I’m going to go on in exactly the same way if I have to succeed is complete nonsense because the two situations are completely different.

“You only have to look at Shakespeare plays, Henry V or Henry IV part one and two, to see the change that can take place.

“Because if you become the sovereign then you play the role in the way that is expected.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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