After succeeding the Queen as king, Prince Charles will become “more regal” as his role as constitutional monarch demands political neutrality. The Prince of Wales has previously been vocal on issues such as climate change, sustainability and agriculture, however a royal expert has claimed that these views were part of the future king’s way of “forging a path” for himself.
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Speaking on the MailPlus Palace Confidential podcast, royal commentator Richard Eden said: “I think generally, Charles will be less radical as king, because people have always been clear that although he’s very strident on issues as the Prince of Wales, that was part of forging a path for himself.
“Whereas as monarch, he would have to temper things and be more regal I suppose.”
Prince Charles came under scrutiny in 2005 after it emerged that he had written a number of letters to former Prime Minister Tony Blair and senior Cabinet ministers.
Following a 10-year legal battle, the 27 pieces of correspondence – labelled the Black Spider Memos – were published in 2015.
They had been uncovered after The Guardian journalist Rob Evans made a Freedom of Information request to see the Prince’s letters.
The letters showed that despite the British monarchy remaining politically neutral, the heir to the throne had voiced support or concern over a number of political issues within this private correspondence.
In one letter to Tony Blair, he expressed concern about helicopters being used by British troops in Iraq, writing: “I fear that this is just one more example of where our Armed Forces are being asked to do an extremely challenging job (particularly in Iraq) without the necessary resources.”
He also showed support for a badger cull and shared the concerns of British farmers about bovine tuberculosis.
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Prince Charles was dubbed ‘the meddling prince’ by the British press, due to his correspondence with senior political figures.
Over the last few decades, he has spoken on numerous occasions about the impact of climate change and global warming.
Last January, he gave a speech at the World Economic Forum at Davos, in which he called for ‘green taxes’ to fight climate change.
He also recently said that he “shared the frustrations” of climate change activists and expressed concern that politicians would “just talk” during the crucial UN climate conference in Glasgow in November.
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Prince Charles is due to inherit the throne after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
He was invested as the Prince of Wales in 1969, and has dedicated his life to public service.
After ascending the throne, he hopes to modernise the monarchy by reducing the number of Royal Family members who are dependent on the Sovereign Grant, and reducing the number of working royals to a smaller core group.
He will be succeeded in the line of succession by his eldest son, Prince William, and grandson, Prince George.
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