“Monarchy for Troubled Times”: King Charles III. it won’t be easy
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“Monarchy for Troubled Times”
King Charles III it won’t be easy
9/9/2022, 4:00 PM
As the Queen’s son, the new British King Charles III. not always easy in his life. Many Britons are often mocked and ridiculed for wanting their son William to succeed Elizabeth II, but that’s not the only reason the 73-year-old faces major challenges.
Charles was prepared from an early age to become king one day. Prince Charles becomes Charles III at age 73. Never in British history has an heir to the throne had to wait so long to be crowned. And rarely have the challenges for a monarch been so great.
When Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953 at just 25 years old, the whole country cheered her. And the Queen’s enthusiasm lasted through her 70-year reign. “It will be very difficult for Charles to succeed the Queen,” said Robert Hazell, a constitutional expert at London University College. “I think the monarchy is facing difficult times.”
The new king does not have to step out of the shadow of his deceased mother alone. His reign began at a time of political and economic turmoil in Britain: Liz Truss had just replaced Boris Johnson, who had been ousted by his scandals, as prime minister, and the population was suffering from high inflation and rising poverty.
“I’m Not That Stupid”
As heir to the throne, Charles devoted himself to organic farming and conservation long before the issue became mainstream. He was repeatedly laughed at for this, as well as for his remarks about modern architecture, which he hated.
Now Charles III. bow to the strict neutrality traditionally expected of British monarchs. Every word of the king will henceforth be weighed in gold. The then heir to the throne assured the BBC in 2018 that he was aware that he was no longer allowed to make statements as king: “I am not that stupid.”
It will be “very difficult” for Charles to maintain this neutrality, especially in view of Scotland’s independence efforts, Hazell says, but at the same time demonstrates a great sense of duty. “I think that will serve him well when he becomes king.”
“All his life criticized and ridiculed”
Opinions differ about Karel. In a survey published this year, a third of Britons said Charles would make a good king, and nearly as many said the opposite. “I don’t expect that to change much when he becomes king,” Hazell says. By comparison, more than 80 percent of those surveyed were satisfied with the Queen’s work.
After the death of the Queen, opponents of the monarchy in Britain now see their chance. So far, only about 15 percent of Britons have supported calls to abolish the monarchy. The accession of Charles III. is “an important turning point,” hopes Graham Smith of the anti-monarchy initiative Republic. “He’s not surrounded by that impenetrable shield of respect like the Queen.” Rather, “Charles was criticized and ridiculed all his life,” Smith says.
In the future, there may be pressure on Charles to step down in favor of his son William, who was born in 1982, Hazell says. Unlike the queen, it is conceivable that he will not cling to the throne until death. Anti-monarchist Smith, on the other hand, is sure, “He won’t give up.”