Upsetting one of the biggest countries in the world by comparing their leader to Hitler, insulting the expansion of the education system, undermining the authorities… Prince Charles is hardly the ideal candidate for political ambassador.
It seems the first Heir to the throne has his heart set not on Buckingham Palace, but 10 Downing Street. Many politicians spend years of their time learning about economics, law and other politics before getting involved with the running of the country; though perhaps representing the country on its own is the best way to get involved, similar to having work experience with Parliament.
Readers will of course remember Prince Charles likening Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler earlier this year and the public apology that this led to. The tensions around the time of this happening are an example of the dangers that can come from “not watching One’s tongue”. Perhaps this could be translated into a moral story to tell children so that they are polite… or perhaps it should not have happened in the first place.
Almost ironically, in 2004 the Prince claimed that British “ ’learning culture’ gave people hope beyond their capabilities”, perhaps a mind-set the Prince could translate to his own abilities. Most Politicians have a vague understanding of Politics, having studied Law, Politics or other similar degrees. Prince Charles has a 2:2 Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College, Cambridge. He had studied anthropology, history, archaeology and Welsh. None of his official education suggests he has any Political Awareness.
The 2004 Education incident had come up 12 years after the Prince had fought for the development of Grammar Schools; the lobbying had failed and when in 2004 the discussion of Grammar School education once again arose, the “Old-fashioned” thinking Prince spoke up again and once again upset Government officials.
Doubt arose once again in February this year when, on visiting Somerset during the floods, Charles said “There’s nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to start doing something. The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long” (BBC News). Whilst on one hand he was praising the community spirit that this “jolly good flood” had brought about, the latter end of the scale shows the Prince apparently criticising the authorities.
The bigger concern is not that “The Meddling Prince” (as Channel 4 dubbed him) is getting involved where he is not wanted, but more so that when he takes his place on the throne, he may use his ‘power’ to voice his opinions and who knows where that could lead?!
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and nearly all of us do have thoughts on politics both the good and the bad, though when one’s role is to support the country and build morale, contradictory thoughts of how the country is run are probably not ideal. Regardless of whether the Prince is correct, he should voice his thoughts in private or risk people fearing the government-monarchy relationship is unsettled.
Looking ahead, the Heir Apparent is a keen Environmentalist – perhaps he could join the Green Party and, in time, change the monarchy forever?
Correspondingly, Prince Philip is hardly politically correct at times and Prince Harry is hardly the role model you would want for future generations. Perhaps the Royal Family should be given strict(er) training before taking place in the public eye as the face of the UK.
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