The seventy year old prince says he won’t interfere as king

Prince Charles is now 70 years old. That’s a long time to wait for a throne, and he may have to wait some time yet, if he survives his mother.

Prince Charles ‘will not be an interfering king’ and ” I’m not stupid, when I’m king I won’t meddle”:

1 News: Prince Charles says he’ll stay quiet about controversial topics when he’s King

Britain’s Prince Charles has pledged not to interfere in the affairs of state when he becomes king, seeking to dispel concerns about his past activism on issues ranging from global warming to architectural preservation.
In an interview for a documentary marking his 70th birthday, the heir to the throne told the BBC that he understands he will have to act differently when he becomes king.

In 2015, he lost a long court battle to prevent the disclosure of 27 letters sent to government officials on matters such as badger culling, fish protection, military readiness and the preservation of historic buildings.

The “black spider” memos, so called because of Charles’ cramped handwritten greetings and closings, were controversial because some saw them as inappropriate lobbying by the heir to the throne.

But Charles defended his past actions, including establishing the Prince’s Trust in 1976 to help disadvantaged young people, saying he had always steered clear of party politics.

He generally steers clear of New Zealand too. If he becomes king of New Zealand he is unlikely to have much influence.

New Zealand Republic: Prince Charles “won’t intervene”, so what’s the point?

“If as New Zealand’s monarch Charles won’t act in any constitutional issues, and leaves us to sort things out for ourselves, then it’s time to drop the charade and make our Governor-General New Zealand’s actual head of state as New Zealand Republic proposes” continued Mr Holden.

“The Royals are in a no-win situation. Their supporters argue that the value of the monarchy is having someone overseas, outside of New Zealand able to adjudicate our constitutional issues should they arise. Yet Charles himself has confirmed that he would never want to be dragged into those issues. The claim the monarch provides a separate check is false, and the man who might be King has confirmed that”.

Some people like some connection to celebrity/royalty, but a King Charles is going to struggle against growing and much younger competition.

 

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29 Comments

  1. David

     /  November 15, 2018

    Its like democracy, its not perfect but it works pretty well and is probably better than the alternatives.

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  2. FarmerPete

     /  November 15, 2018

    If ever there was a man unsuited to be king, it is this plonker!

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    • Corky

       /  November 15, 2018

      He grows fine organic produce, Farmer. Well, his gardeners do.

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      • Missy

         /  November 15, 2018

        No, he does. He is very hands on when at his homes, he has a massive (for London) organic garden at Clarence House that he oversees. He plans everything, the gardeners just carry out his instructions.

        It is well known that the organic produce is all him and he likes to get out into the garden.

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    • David

       /  November 15, 2018

      He is probably as good as it gets, I would prefer William, and aside from a pretty weird time with Princess Di he has given his whole life to service and charity. He was decades ahead of his time with organic food and reducing plastic use, he will be OK for a few years.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 15, 2018

        I hope he will be the end of an awfully long line of speakers with that dreadfully poncy Royal accent he’s got.

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  November 15, 2018

          Just so Gezza – what what, tally ho and all that.
          I’ll be happy as long as he doesn’t want to be anyone’s tampon any more.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 15, 2018

            That one has to be seen in context, dear boy. 😉

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 15, 2018

              How many decades ago was it ?

              Yes, it was icky, but it was a private phone call that someone hacked into and made public, which was a nasty thing to do. Who has never had a phone call that they would not want to be broadcast? No matter what one might think of it, the conversation was a private one, it wasn’t made where anyone could hear it by chance and earwagging on it .was disgusting.

              I remember the rest of it, not in detail, but that she was genuinely interested in something or other that he was going to be speaking on, and how nice it must have been to have someone who really was so interested and would make the other person feel interesting.

            • robertguyton

               /  November 15, 2018

              “Earwigging” Kitty (just chanced to overhear your conversation).

  3. robertguyton

     /  November 15, 2018

    He’ll be a popular man here on Your NZ and here’s why:
    William said his father: ” is completely infatuated by the red squirrels that live around the estate in Scotland – to the extent that he’s given them names and is allowing them in the house.”
    -Telegraph Group

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    • Gezza

       /  November 15, 2018

      Who do you think he’ll be popular with here?

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      • robertguyton

         /  November 15, 2018

        Because he has the admirable habit of engaging with wild creatures, taking time to be attentive and kind to them.

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        • robertguyton

           /  November 15, 2018

          As do a number of commenters here.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 15, 2018

            Well – there’s me, Kitty (of course, I reckon she should write animal stories, her little animal tale vignettes are a delight to read), Lurchy and Sir Alan. Sometimes Maggy I think – is it her that talks about the ducks sometimes. And there’s you, with your love of birds and animals too. So ok, fair enuf. 👍 You’re right.

            I find it cute that Charles lets squirrels in the house. I talk to all my little creature friends, so I bet he does to his.

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    • Missy

       /  November 15, 2018

      Red Squirrels are endangered in the UK, and are all but gone from England due to the introduced Grey Squirrel. I think it is cool he is so aware of his environment and cares enough to ensure that an endangered species is looked after on his property.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 15, 2018

        I saw one there, to my great delight, and had it lined up for a photo….but the camera hadn’t been wound on and the noise made Squirrel Nutkin run away. But the memory of seeing it is wonderful. It was in LONDON !!!

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  4. Gezza

     /  November 15, 2018

    It seems kind of weird that when an old woman finally steps down or passes away the next king is most likely going to be an old man already. We were lucky enuf to have a young Queen who’s grown older with the rest of us. She was a stunningly beautiful young woman at the time too.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 15, 2018

      Yes, she was a real looker and had a lovely figure. Princess Margaret was hyped up as the beauty of the family, but that must have been to console her for not being the Queen to be.

      I have a book from the 50s, the Women’s Journal Annual or some such, and there’s a picture of the Queen in a blue evening dress. What a stunner she was. She’s older than my mother, so I only remember her as being that sort of age, but as a young woman she really was gorgeous.

      She seems to have gone very jazzy in her old age without looking silly, her clothes now are very cool indeed. Except that lime green that doesn’t suit anyone.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 15, 2018

        I’m not a monarchist & I hope that eventually NZ will grow up enuf to become a republic, but I hope that like some other former colonies it will remain part of the Commonwealth & keep its close & friendly ties with other Commonwealth member countries (also that they will operate as an economic cooperation sphere).

        However, as long as we still DO have a monarch, I am very fond of HMQEII. Whatever issues there are about the cost of their upkeep, their wealth, exemption from taxes and their fabulous treasures (arguably held on behalf of the Nation & occasionally displayed to the public like any good museum does with its special exhibits) – I think Elizabeth showed her true self driving ambulances during WW2 and that, notwithstanding the hoity-toity accent and insistence on proper royal protocols being observed (itself as much a historical expectation as anything else in Britain) she genuinely cares for the people of her realm and former dominions and it shines when she travels and speaks to the people.

        She’s not so stuffy that she’s prevented her children from experiencing life in the commoners world or demanded they be formal and stuffy too, and the fact she’s also famously had trouble with the bloody kids just endears her to me – and I suspect many other folk, as well.

        If I’m still around when she finally dies, I will mourn her passing & think of her as one of the Greats Of My Time.

        We could have done a lot worse for a monarch, imo.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 15, 2018

          To them it’s not an accent, it’s the way they talk and not put on.

          I had little time for her mother, who pranced around in the war saying that now they could look the East End in the face after a small amount of bomb damage but didn’t offer anyone a room in the Palace or any of the other huge residences….or, although she had 26 times as many clothing coupons as the rest of the people and a vast wardrobe anyway made the excuse that people liked to see her well-dressed. I bet that the knowledge about the coupons would have maddened people who were having to make do and mend and were all but in rags by 1945….and well afterwards.

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  5. Zedd

     /  November 15, 2018

    I wonder if Charles is perhaps thinking.. ‘Mummy dearest just may outlive me ?” (The Queen Mum lived to about 100) :/

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  6. PartisanZ

     /  November 15, 2018

    The very act of being Monarch is “meddling” FFS …

    With their wealth to protect how can the Windsors [Saxe-Coburg-Gothas] possibly NOT meddle? They’re a central family in the Oiligarchy, right up there with the Rothschilds and Rockerfellers …

    The history of our so-called democracy is really a history of the middle-classes and to a lesser extent the peasant masses meddling in the Monarchy’s financial affairs … or perhaps more correctly the Monarchy allowing them some tit-bits of “freedom”?

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