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The Candid King: Throne Won't Silence Outspoken Charles

By    |   Thursday, 20 November 2014 04:46 PM

Britain’s Prince Charles — who readily shares his opinions publicly on everything from organic gardening to architecture to the plight of Christians in the Middle East — is prepared to break royal protocol and comment frequently on “heartfelt” matters when he becomes king, according to sources close to the heir to the throne.

The Guardian newspaper of London asked Thursday whether a future Charles III could “stop his compulsive meddling” if he succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who maintains a royal reticence on most subjects.

In a lengthy article on how he might reign, the Guardian quoted sources close to Charles who gave an insight into the royal mind.

The 66-year-old prince has been called a compassionate intellectual and a crackpot. But his opinions carry great weight. He once stopped a planned modern addition to London’s neo-classical National Gallery by denouncing the expansion as a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-beloved friend.”

“Over the past four decades, Charles has carved out a unique position for himself as an elite activist, tirelessly lobbying and campaigning to promote his concerns,” the Guardian reported.

“From farming to architecture, medicine to the environment, his opinions, warnings and grumbles are always heard. He spreads his ideas through his writings and speeches, his charities and allies and, behind the scenes, in private meetings and correspondence with government ministers. His interventions matter.”

The Guardian called his life a “royal soap opera cranked up into a Hollywood blolckbuster” with his marriage to Princess Diana “infidelities on both sides, divorce, Diana’s shocking death in Paris, national mourning, Elton John at the funeral.”

Charles has waited decades to assume the throne from his 88-year-old mother, who was named queen at the age of 25 in 1952.

He has spent his youth and middle age pursuing his interests and creating charities.

Charles is unafraid to take on controversial issues. He recently decried the “soul-destroying tragedy” of Christians in the Middle East.

In 2010, he penned a treatise called, “Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World.”

“The ideas Charles set out in Harmony are dizzyingly eclectic, and, at times, verge on a kind of mysticism,” the Guardian wrote.

“He cites the 'grammar' of Islamic art 'that underpins the whole of life,' the 'magical' rhythms of gardens and nature, the timelessness of Christian iconography and the symmetry of 16th-century German astronomy, Thomas Aquinas's 'eternal law,' the Vedic traditions of India, and Chinese Daoism.”

The Guardian noted the comments of Jonathan Dimbleby, a friend and biographer of the prince and his future role as a constitutional monarch.

“A quiet constitutional revolution is afoot,” Dimbleby said. “I predict that he will go well beyond what any previous constitutional monarch has ever essayed.”

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