LONDON – Prince Charles becomes 70 Wednesday and is still a heir to the throne – a role he has…
LONDON – Prince Charles becomes 70 Wednesday and is still a heir to the throne – a role he has earned since he was a young child.
He does not miss things to do and shows some signs of slowing down – he is rich, extremely active in matters of major importance to him and prepares to welcome his third grandchild in the world when Meghan, the duchess of Sussex, feeds up next spring.
His destiny, however, is to be king, a position He will automatically assume with his 92-year-old mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Death.
When that happens, Charles will be bound by the constitutional requirement that the monarch refrain from trying to influence politics. Until then, Charles is free to lobby for action against climate change, supporting organic agriculture and combating genetically modified crops that he considers appropriate.
He does all this as he continually penetrates the queen and monitors the Prince’s confidence, an ambitious charity he founded 42 years ago, which has helped hundreds of thousands of young Britons.
Is the bright birthday cake a signal that it’s time for the elegant grave to calm down? Not on your life, says Charles’s wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
“I do not think he thinks he’s 70,” she wrote on birthday anniversary in The Telegraph Magazine. “I think it’s just a number for him, there’s no way he’ll slow down. You must be joking.” I’ll say 70 will be a bit, it’s not that old, but it’s old. You have to slow down a bit. “
The royal family stands in the middle of a slow, discreet transition. Patriarch, 97-year-old Prince Philip, has been formally retired from public life, even though he provides temporary appearances in support of the Queen.
For her part, the Queen still maintains a busy schedule, but she does not stop flying to remote parts of the 53-country Commonwealth, and this year she took the unusual step of lobbying with the Commonwealth countries to indicate that Charles should become the next leader of the group, a non-heritable position.
Support for Charles was unanimous and reflects not only appreciation for the Queen’s work for decades, but a belief that Charles has a strong commitment to the Commonwealth.
Charles has also taken a more visible role that represents the Queen at some important national events, by the time of celebration celebrating Britain’s fallen soldiers. He laid the queen’s wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph monument while she saw from a balcony chair.
But his work trips abroad and his talks at home create precious little buzz as the press focuses on younger, more photogenic royal and sweet
In one way, Charles is sandwiched between generations, caught between his mother, a symbol of dignity and continuity as has ruled since 1
952 and his two extremely popular sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who bring their wives will symbolize the future of the world’s most famous monarchy.
William and Harry also remind many of her mother, late princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 after a messy divorce from Charles, who for a while tarnished his standing with the British public.
It’s William and Harry – along with their wives Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan – as featured on the cover of shiny magazines, not the over-to-be-70 Char lesson. It is the young kings who are seen as glamorous modernizers with the common touch, while Charles is sometimes perceived as dour, preachy and remote.
Camilla says the public does not understand how “extremely nice” and funny Charles are and William and Harry – participate in a rare BBC interview to mark his father’s birthday – praise how he used his undefined position as Prince of Wales to advocate so many important reasons as environmental protection.
But Harry – who has strived himself against the British public, partly with his impish smile and sunny prospects – urged his dad to shed some light on the judgment and gloom that often accompanies Charles’s statements.
“I would encourage him to stay optimistic because I think it can be very easy to get desperate and negative,” says Harry. “But hopefully with his children and his grandchildren and a few more grandchildren coming he can get energy from the family side and then continue his leadership role. “
He also had this advice: do not work so hard and eat earlier.