Prince Charles will be the ‘best prepared monarch Britain has ever had’, but ‘will have to keep his mouth shut’ and will have ‘a lot of uncomfortable luggage,’ royal experts tell the ITV documentary
- Royal experts are discussing the future ascent of Prince Charles tonight
- Prince Charles will become “the best prepared monarch we’ve ever had,” says Penny Junor
- British royal author appears on ITV documentary The Queen: Inside The Crown
- But historian Piers Brendon says the heir apparent, 71, has the potential to ‘divide opinion rather than unite it’
Prince Charles will be the ‘best prepared monarch we’ve ever had,’ but will have to ‘keep his mouth shut,’ royal experts claim in an insightful new documentary.
Speaking about tonight’s ITV documentary The Queen: Inside The Crown, which airs at 9 p.m., British historian Piers Brendon said the heir apparent 71 has the ability to “ divide rather than unify. ”
Once upon a time, former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter also insisted that the Prince of Wales will have to learn to ‘shut up’ to become king, and to abandon his ‘outspoken character on politics, architecture and the environment’.
But despite the “ awkward baggage ” Piers refers to in the program, where he referred to Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana in 1992, British royal author Penny Junor said attitudes toward the prince had changed for the better.
Prince Charles (pictured recently) will be the ‘best prepared monarch we’ve ever had,’ but will have to ‘shut up’ and carry a lot of uncomfortable baggage, royal experts claimed.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana at a reception in Ottawa, Canada in June 1983. The royal couple divorced in 1992
She claimed, “Prince Charles will be king and he will be the best prepared monarch this country has ever had.
“I think the nation has changed its attitude to Charles. Years ago we wrote him off as a madman talking to his plants, but today he’s really in a good place.
“He’s smiling again, he’s joking, he’s relaxed, and I think that makes him a much better prince, much better father, and much better man.”
But other royal commentators did not share Penny’s faith, and even suggested that Charles leave his outspoken ways.
The heir to the throne has the potential to “ divide rather than unite, ” historian Piers Brendon suggested on tonight’s ITV documentary The Queen: Inside The Crown. Pictured: Charles with wife Camilla earlier this month on VE Day at the Balmoral War Memorial
“He has written his spinach letters to ministers and is asking the kind of questions we would like an answer to,” said Dickie Arbiter. “But he won’t be able to do that when he becomes king, because he will have to keep his mouth shut constitutionally.”
The Queen’s former press secretary referred to the letters Prince Charles wrote to ministers and expressed his views on the policy in 2004 and 2005.
They were dubbed ‘black spider’ memos because of Prince Charles’ handwriting style.
Prince Charles’ personal life often dominated the headlines, especially the end of his marriage to Princess Diana and his love affair with his now-wife Camilla.
But despite the ‘awkward baggage’ referenced in the program by Piers Brendon (left photo), referring to Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana in 1992, British royal author Penny Junor (right photo) said that the attitude towards the prince had changed for the better
Elsewhere in the program, the godson of Prince of Wales India Hicks said (photo): ‘[Charles] is a man who is completely committed to hard work. He was brilliant in waiting, because my god, it’s been a long wait. ‘
Piers Brendon said the father of two has ‘a lot of uncomfortable baggage’, adding that the Queen – who is the longest-reigning monarch in history and the first to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee in February 2017 commemorating 65 years on the throne – ‘ never had ‘.
“She came to the throne absolutely cool. He has had a very turbulent past. He could do the crucial thing that a monarch should not do, which is to divide opinion instead of uniting. ‘
Elsewhere in the program, the godson of Prince of Wales India Hicks said:[Charles] is a man who is completely committed to hard work. He was brilliant in waiting, because my god, it’s been a long wait. ‘
The Queen: Inside the Crown is on ITV tonight at 9pm