Prince Charles will be a 'different type of monarch' says expert
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Times are changing at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are gradually shouldering more of the burden of official royal duties, as the Queen steps back from a gruelling calendar. Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are in turn stepping into their shoes and taking on the responsibilities expected of a future king and queen.
Her Majesty was advised to cancel all of her visits for a fortnight by doctors as she continues her recuperation after an overnight hospital stay last month.
She does, however, remain determined to attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph this Sunday to honour the UK’s war dead.
It remains one of the most sacred events in the monarch’s calendar, and she has only missed the occasion six times in 70 years — four times because she was on royal tours, and the other two because she was pregnant.
Charles’ busy diary shows no sign of relenting, however.
He arrived in Newcastle yesterday to visit the Cheryl’s Trust Centre, part of his Prince’s Trust charity, to meet the former Girls Aloud star.
Charles founded the charity some 45 years ago, with the aim of helping vulnerable young people get their lives back on track. Many of those helped by the Trust are currently in, or are leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health troubles, or have had close calls with the law.
Training programmes as well as both practical and financial support are provided to help build the confidence and motivation of these young people.
Charles said in 2019 that the Trust has helped some 950,000 young people turn their lives around, with that number likely to have passed a million by now.
Royal expert Howard Hodgson told Express.co.uk that the Royal Family is heading in a very positive direction with Charles at the helm.
He said: “I think the Royal Family is, under the guidance of the Prince of Wales, very socially conscious, very concerned to do the right thing, very concerned to have green credentials, very concerned to actually do good.
“We shouldn’t forget that the biggest and best public charity for young people in this country is the Prince’s Trust, without any shadow of a doubt. It isn’t even questionable.”
He added: “It has done more good for ethnic minorities and other deprived kids, and got them jobs or started them businesses, than anything else in the UK.”
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He praised Charles for his “brilliant performance” with the Prince’s Trust, but admitted it is a shame that “sometimes it’s completely overshadowed” by other things going on in and around the Royal Family.
A young man reduced Charles to tears at the Prince’s Trust awards reception last month. The awards were presented virtually earlier this year, and the event gave Charles the opportunity to pay tribute to some of the award winners in person.
Aidan Sayers, 20, was presented an award by Charles after transforming himself from an unemployed teenager, excluded from school, to someone who has a home, car and a job.
Mr Sayers thanked the Prince’s Trust, and said “I would probably be on the streets” without the support they had given him. Charles appeared tearful as Mr Sayers thanked his mentor Claire McGarvey and told her “I’ve got as much love for you as my grandma”.
Mr Hodgson said Charles is a “really, very nice man who actually wants to be a good king”.
Charles has spent almost his entire life preparing to be king, and is both the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in history.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “Of course there will be difficulties, but his whole life has been spent in preparation for this role.
“He knows it’s different from that of the Prince of Wales, but he’s made it his own as Prince of Wales and hundreds of thousands have benefitted.”
Mr Fitzwilliams admitted Charles’ reign will be a different one to that of the Queen.
“Of course it will be different,” he said. “The time is different.
“So few people can remember a time when the Queen wasn’t on the throne, so of course the difference will be pretty seismic.”
The one certainty, Mr Hodgson claimed, is that neither the Queen nor Charles will ever abdicate.
He said: “The Queen won’t retire, Charles will do the job for her, but she will be Queen until she dies. As soon as they break that, they know the monarchy’s dead. They’re just mortals like us if they retire.”
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