King Charles will ‘inspire’ UK in historic first message

Prince Harry: Queen 'would've been advised by Charles' says expert

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Next Sunday, millions around the world will watch the speech of the new monarch, who marked his first 100 days on the throne last week.

But those expecting any response to Harry and Meghan’s latest broadsides will be disappointed.

Our source said yesterday: “I don’t believe he will waste a moment on them – and nor will there be any hidden messages of reconciliation, such as having their framed photo on his desk or including a video clip focusing on them.

“He will want to use his first 10-minute broadcast to try to galvanise and inspire a country facing numerous problems and hardships, as well as addressing the other Commonwealth nations.

“I think the world is going to see him engage his audience with a steady, uplifting and upbeat message that is also light, bright and Christmassy.

“He is wise and experienced enough to know to steer as far away from family matters as he now must also do from politics and his old hobby horses like climate change.

“I’m sure King Charles will take time to reflect on his mother’s phenomenal achievements and the enormous legacy she has left.

“I would also not be surprised if he mentions the equally monumental service of his father Prince Philip, whose death we mourned while all our hearts were equally touched by the sad figure of our Queen mourning alone.”

John McAndrew, the BBC’s newly appointed director of news programmes, said he expects a “particularly vast audience” when His Majesty becomes the first King to ever deliver a televised Christmas message.

And writing in today’s Sunday Express, royal biographer Hugo Vickers said: “I think in his broadcast he will emulate the style of his grandfather, George VI, taking him as a role model. King Charles will aim to conciliate in his first Christmas broadcast.

“He got it spot-on in his first magisterial address (after his mother’s death) comforting us when we should have been comforting him. Since then he, the Queen Consort and the working Royal Family have been energised.

“No doubt he will reflect on the achievements of the late Queen, remind us of the excitement of the Platinum Jubilee and the moving response to her death. He should look forward to the Coronation but how he balances recent family issues will be a challenge.”

King George VI delivered his Christmas Day broadcasts over the radio after famously learning to overcome a stutter.

And former BBC royal correspondent Michael Cole said: “I’m sure a wise courtier has reminded King Charles of one speech in particular.”

It was on Christmas Day 1939 – Britain’s first of the Second World War and a period of dread and confusion. But historians agree the King’s speech that day managed to rally the nation as he poignantly quoted from the poem God Knows by Minnie Louise Haskins, which includes the lines: “I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’.”

His Majesty’s first broadcast following his accession in September was seen by almost 14 million people, and even more are expected to tune in on Christmas Day. One poll suggests 22 percent will reschedule their Christmas dinner to watch him live at 3pm.

Royal Family fan Julie Armstrong, 51, from Norwich, said: “We are planning to eat earlier at 1pm to make sure we are ready. We always watched the Queen’s speech but this year does feel more historic.

“Charles has lost his mother and the rift between Harry and William seems worse than ever – not to mention the cost of living.We should all watch what he has to say.”

And Michael Cole said he is certain that, whatever the King chooses to talk about, his delivery will be as precise and impeccable as ever, given his nickname One-Take-Wales.

Mr Cole added: “He actually revelled in that nickname because, having spent hours with camera crews, he prides himself as always being spontaneous, rather than rehearsed, and almost always nails every scene in just one take.”

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