DAN WOOTTON: I’m beginning to doubt that Prince Charles has the capacity to become King
How much longer are we going to collectively turn a blind eye to Prince Charles’ inappropriate behavior unfit for a king?
For years, the Heir’s allies have insisted that the closer he gets to the throne, the more consciously he will adjust and tone down the more controversial aspects of his behavior.
Unfortunately, mounting evidence is making it clear to anyone with half a brain that this is clearly not the case.
In any case, Charles’s behavior becomes more inappropriate as his mother enters the twilight years of her spectacular and historic reign.
As a proud monarchist who firmly believes that the royal family should remain politically neutral and whiter than white, I am deeply concerned about what could happen after the Queen’s death (which I hope and pray will last for many years to come) .
In the past two weeks alone, we have seen Charles scandalously meddle in the government’s controversial, but in my opinion sensible and humane plan to transfer a number of illegal Channel migrants to Rwanda in a major effort to contain the scourge. of human traffickers.
In a stunningly brutal intervention, The Times was told the Prince of Wales had described the plan as ‘terrible’ in private conversations, hours after the government won a Supreme Court challenge designed to halt the deportations. .
The leak of such a statement, possibly by the prince’s allies, suggests that Charles has learned nothing over the years about why it is essential that he keeps his curious, naive and idealistic beak out of sensitive political debates.
Prince of Wales shakes hands with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim al Thani, at his residence outside Doha, Qatar, during a rally in 2013. He accepted large cash donations totaling three million euros from former Qatari Prime Minister, the Sunday Times reported
The newspaper alleged that between 2011 and 2015, the prince personally took cash donations for his charity, the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim, who was Prime Minister of Qatar between 2007 and 2013.
A source told the paper: “He said he was more than disappointed with the policy. He said he found the whole approach of the government abhorrent. It was clear he was not impressed with the government’s direction of travel.”
And the Prince’s office at Clarence House did not deny that Charles disagreed with the policy, but insisted that “he remains politically neutral.”
If you believe that, you also believe that Meghan Markle is a selfless charity activist.
Charles’s meddling soon backfired, with yesterday’s extraordinary report in the Sunday Times showing that our next king had taken €1 million from a former prime minister of Qatar and had the money in €500 notes in Fortnum & Mason carrier bags. taken to a meeting where no assistants were present.
if true, that mind-boggling revelation alone raises so many questions about Prince Charles’ morality and sanity that it’s hard to fathom that this guy will soon be in charge.
I mean, what the hell was he thinking?
According to the report, which has also not been denied by Clarence House, Charles received a total of €3 million from the former Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, whose nickname is HBJ, to be deposited into the bank account. of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, responsible for financing his Scottish estate and other pet projects.
While there is no suggestion that the payments were illegal, they appear immoral and raise serious questions about a cash-for-access culture that surrounds our future head of state, especially after the bombshell last year that a close associate of Charles had been given credit for a Saudi billionaire.
The Prince of Wales addressed invitees last week at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Dinner hosted by him and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, last week
The Sunday Times reported that an adviser to Charles at the time, who was responsible for some of the money, said “everyone was very uneasy about the situation.”
But the problem with royalties is that assistants are often unwilling or unable to challenge their royal paymaster.
The Charity Commission is considering opening an investigation, which would be very embarrassing for the prince.
I find it particularly ironic that Charles, the holier than you, who is morally opposed to the Rwanda plan, seems so willing to join a Qatari regime responsible for blatant human rights violations, including the persecution of gays, migrant workers and women.
It’s also amazing to me that Charles still has an insatiable appetite for money, even if he believes his fundraising is for charities.
Isn’t the small fortune he receives thanks to the Duchy of Cornwall enough?
Disturbingly, I’m afraid Prince William is starting to take over from his father instead of his impeccable grandmother.
He recently hijacked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace to broadcast eco-catastrophe porn.
While protecting the environment is indeed a very important issue – and one that I believe, as an environmentalist since childhood, deserves serious attention – it is delusional to suggest that it is not a political issue.
The Duchess of Cornwall joined Prince Charles on stage for his speech at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. He thanked her for being there for the nation for 70 years through good times and bad
The UK’s very consistent rush to Net Zero, much faster than comparable Western democracies, will pocket working-class families and I think this will become a defining anti-establishment issue like Brexit in the years to come.
In fact, I would say that the Queen’s near-universal admiration and respect stems largely from the fact that she fails to warn us of our impending doom on every available opportunity.
Our royals must represent hope, positivity and support in times of crisis, and must not fall into the trap of hysterical and politicized hyperbole, even in passion projects they consider part of their mission.
Charles has been given everything he wanted before the Queen’s death, most notably a once-unthinkable approval from his mother that his former mistress Camilla will become Queen Consort.
It’s time for him to grow up, end student politics, and hire some grownups he knows will go up against him the next time he proposes to take a million dollars’ worth of notes in a briefcase from a dubious foreign leader.
This is no longer an afterthought of scandal as the very survival of the monarchy is at stake.
Charles, most of us want you to succeed – but as it stands, you are working this out in spectacular fashion.