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No heir to a monarchy has ever waited so long as King Charles III of the United Kingdom but now, once an awkward, self-doubting young man, he comes to the throne, at 73, as a self-assured, gray-haired eminence. His patience has worked well for him as it is now reckoned that never, perhaps, has an heir been more ready for the crown.
As King Charles III, he has become sovereign of the world’s most celebrated constitutional monarchy, head of a legendary royal family and a symbol of continuity in a storm-tossed country. He is now widely respected as an influential voice in matters relating to climate change and environmental protection. However, the issue remained to be seen is that whether he will ever enjoy the respect or affection showered on his mother.
Charles’ main issue through his eventful existence was that he lived both his public and private lives under intense media glare with the result that his foibles and frustrations were mercilessly dissected by the news media; his pet hobbies, from architecture criticism to organic farming, were frequently mocked; his marriage to Diana, which crumbled amid lurid tabloid headlines and mutual charges of infidelity, remains for many the defining event of his public life.
At the nadir of Charles’ public life, in the mid-1990s, some critics went so far as to say that the scandal-scarred heir had forfeited the right to be king and that the crown should skip a generation, going to his elder son, Prince William, who was untarnished by public blemishes.
One debate that also continued till he assumed crown was whether Charles would keep his first name as his regnal name or change it. In British history the regnal title of Charles, who as Charles I was overthrown by Oliver Cromwell following the victory of Parliament over the Crown in the English Civil War in 1645. He was also a strong believer in the divine right of kings, meaning that he was appointed by God and was not answerable to Parliament.
This belief did not end well for him—he was put on trial for treason, found guilty, and beheaded in 1649. It also led to an 11-year stretch, from 1649 to 1660, that was the only time in England’s history that it was without a monarch, as Oliver Cromwell ruled, followed by his son, Richard. Then, in 1660, Charles I’s son, appropriately named Charles II, returned from exile, and the monarchy was restored. However Charles was not without his own proclivities as his controversial private life included multiple mistresses and his conduct was considered lewd.
In this backdrop it was pointed out that although Prince Charles could use his own name and become King Charles III but he needed avoiding the negative connotations from the previous two Charles’. It was expected in this context that since he followed the longest-reigning monarch in British history whose reign was free of such blemishes, therefore, he would strive to avoid anything that could cast him in a negative light.
Charles Marriage To Diana
Anyway, the tradition of changing regnal name is always there to be taken advantage of as happened in the case of Charles’ grandfather, King George VI, who opted to do this. One of Britain’s most famous monarchs, Queen Victoria, was born Princess Alexandrina Victoria but thought Alexandrina was too foreign sounding for a British queen and opted to use her middle name when she was crowned in 1837.
The heaviest baggage Charles carried was related to his marriage to Diana. The seamy tabloid stories, the tell-all TV interviews, the bitter divorce and Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris in 1997 — all of it crystallised the image held by many of Charles as an oafish cad and his family as unfeeling in-laws. The obvious result was that from 1991 to 1996, the percentage of people who said they thought Charles would make a good king plunged to 41 per cent from 82 per cent and there was a renewed talk of abolishing the monarchy.
However, Diana’s death proved a turning point: Charles worked with Tony Blair, the prime minister at the time, to nudge his mother into honouring Diana’s memory, amid a national outpouring of grief, and then set about rehabilitating his own image. He has mostly succeeded in the process as few Britons now recoil at the prospect of King Charles III, even if he sometimes seems more a fuddy-duddy uncle than a national patriarch.
King Charles iii Marriage To Camilla
Married since 2005 to Camilla, with whom he was romantically involved before and during his marriage to Diana, Charles has found stability in his personal life. With the death of his father, Prince Philip, at 99, last year, he became paterfamilias of the House of Windsor. Camilla, 75, who will take the title of queen consort, is a sturdy and respectable presence at his side.
But Charles takes the helm of a royal family that has been rocked by a series of upheavals: a bitter falling-out with his younger son, Prince Harry, and his American-actress wife, Meghan, and the unsavory ties of his brother Prince Andrew with the financier Jeffrey Epstein, which resulted in a civil suit against Andrew accusing him of sexual abuse of a teenager. Charles has struggled to keep wayward family members in line.
He has also long pushed to streamline the monarchy, partly to reduce its drain on the public purse. As king, he will be able to put that plan fully into action. The end of the second Elizabethan Age thus promises to be a momentous transition, not just because of the passing of a beloved queen but also because Charles will bring his own ideas into a job for which he has spent a lifetime preparing.
King Charles iii An Active King
It is predicted that his style will be very different and he will be an active king and he will probably push his prerogatives to the limits, but he would not go beyond them. Many point out that in the past his strong opinions got him into hot water. In 1984, he famously ridiculed a proposed extension to the National Gallery as a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend.” The plan was scrapped but years later, prominent architects complained that his backdoor lobbying against designs that he did not favour was an abuse of his constitutional role.
In addition, Charles has also not hesitated to wade into fraught political issues. He has spoken out regularly for religious tolerance and against Islamophobia, which some credit with helping mute a potential backlash against Muslims after a series of deadly terrorist attacks carried out by Islamic extremists in London in 2005. It is often mentioned that he had the opportunity to while away time in nightclubs or doing nothing at all but to his credit he found a role.
In this context, it is mentioned that he had fought to carve out an identity as the Prince of Wales, a role that he held longer than anyone but that comes without a job description. He founded formidable charities like the Prince’s Trust, which has helped nearly a million disadvantaged young people, and championed causes like sustainable urban planning and environmental protection, long before they became fashionable. Britain is engulfed in a worldwide outpouring of love and admiration for Queen Elizabeth II but the challenges new king faces have been bubbling under the surface for years. The Weekender