47% of the British public do not want to see Prince Charles become king

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Over the past, say, sixteen months, Prince Charles’ popularity has taken a significant dip. Charles made sure to tell everyone that he quietly supported the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exit, even though it deeply saddened him and he thinks they should come back. Then season four of The Crown happened and Charles’ careful, 20-year rehabilitation campaign came crashing down. Then there was a Charles-shaped hole in all of the shady character assassinations of Harry and Meghan earlier this year, and then the Sussexes’ interview was the final nail in the coffin. Harry was still visibly and vocally upset with his father as he detailed how Charles had stopped taking his calls and had pulled the Sussexes’ security. Harry also made it sound – very carefully – like Charles is already the de facto regent, and that the Queen is not in control of anything. So, after all of that, is it any wonder that no one is currently looking forward to King Charles?

The British public has never felt the same affection for Prince Charles as it does for his mother—or his sons. A new poll, however, will still make for grim reading inside palace walls. It shows that an astonishing 47 percent of the public now back the crown skipping a generation, and going directly to Prince William when Queen Elizabeth dies. Just 27 percent actively want the crown to go to Charles, with the remainder either saying they don’t know, are complete abolitionists, or prefer Harry (among 18- to 24-year-olds, Harry is the most popular choice, beating William 23 percent to 22 percent).

The long-held fantasy of cutting Charles out of the line of succession—said to be a dream of Princess Diana after their divorce—has virtually zero probability of actually happening. Even Graham Smith, CEO of anti-monarchy group Republic, told the Mirror: “No matter what the polls say Charles will be king.”

Charles is already running large parts of the monarchy’s day-to-day business on his mother’s behalf in preparation for the succession, which has been painstakingly planned for decades. To remove him from the position of heir apparent would require him either to stand aside, or require an unprecedented intervention. However the new poll, commissioned by Britain’s left-wing tabloid the Mirror, has revealed the challenges to the heir’s ­popularity, despite a carefully waged PR battle to improve his public image over the past two decades.

It is unclear whether Charles’ critics have been emboldened by Prince Harry’s scathing criticism of his father during his interview with Oprah Winfrey; however, the poll suggests that more than half— 51 percent— believe Harry and Meghan have damaged the ­reputation of the monarchy.

Their intervention was not popular in Britain, which is likely to be surprising to U.S. audiences; 58 percent of Brits believe they should be stripped of their royal titles while only 23 percent support them retaining them.

Deltapoll interviewed 1,590 adults between March 31 and April 1 for the survey. It found that 41 percent believe the queen should remain in her position until she dies regardless of her health, while 27 percent believe she should abdicate if her health deteriorates. Some 21 percent believe she should abdicate sooner regardless of her health status.

[From The Daily Beast]

I mean, abdication or not, Charles is already running the show. Poll numbers or not, William is in no way ready to be king. Baldingham isn’t even ready to be Prince of Wales – he has no interest in running such a vast real estate, business and charitable empire. William only wants access to the money and power and that’s it. He wants all of the spoils and none of the responsibility, and he wants to stomp his feet and cut people off and bully whoever he wants! Baldemort Joffrey, first of his name. As for Charles’ declining approval rating and the fact that no one is looking forward to his reign… I mean, he did it to himself. And I personally think it’s funny that twenty years of oh-so-careful planning and PR stage-management came crashing down in less than a year, basically. It’s really funny to me! No one wants Charles to be king because of a TV SHOW! It’s bonkers.

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  1. Ann says:

    I think this means that 47% of the British public cannot face the simple truth that the Queen will eventually die.

    • Snuffles says:

      This. Deep down they know the monarchy will come crashing down once she’s gone.

      Charles is capable of doing the job but isn’t well liked. They like William more, but even that status is precarious, but he isn’t even remotely prepared to be King.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Snuffles : The death of the monarchy has been predicted many times before. After Diana’s Bashir interview, after her death, when Charles started integrating Camilla into his public life. But it still stands. I think it may emerge in a different form after the Queen’s death. She’s such an iconic figure that her death can’t help but change things. But come crashing down? I don’t think so.

      • swirlmamad says:

        They like the idea of who they perceive William to be — a reincarnation of his mother, and he simply is not that. It’s going to be a rude awakening when the time comes.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I suppose that the evil that men do not only lives after them but it rebounds on them. He treated Diana like crap and brought up Joffrey in his own image. Good luck to them duking it out when the queen dies.

    • notasugarhere says:

      47 percent of the fewer than 1600 people they asked. This is in not representative of the 67 million in the UK.

      • A says:

        Polls are not going to quiz all 67 million people though. I’m curious about the methodology used as well, but saying that they only asked 1600 people doesn’t strike me as a fair criticism that can be made. All polls are done by taking a sample, it’s meant to be representative of a larger population size.

    • PEARL GREY says:

      1600 people do not represent the whole of the UK. These polls are tiresome.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        It really makes no difference what-so-ever what anyone thinks or wants as Charles WILL BE King Charles III as long as he outlives his mother.

    • Chica says:

      Russell Brand has two interesting videos on his YT channel about the Monarchy, one post Harry and Meghan interview and the other just after news of Phil’s death. He’s speaks about the hard time it will have bouncing back after the passing of the queen if at all because of how ppl feel about power and privilege overall in this changing world. You should watch it.

    • Marjorie K. Margel says:

      I think that with Phillips death, perhaps the UK got a reality check. Hence, the panic.

  2. Mich says:

    I’ve wondered more than once recently if William isn’t angling to have himself installed over Charles. The King-sized entitlement, the massive PR campaign. It all seems to be pointing to something…to me at least.

    • Merricat says:

      William is unprepared, and everyone on the inside knows it. Everyone on the outside knows it too, except for royalists.

      • Elizabeth Phillips says:

        So many people think that William is wonderful just because he’s Diana’s son, but he doesn’t have any of her good qualities. In fact, I think he has the worst qualities of both parents and Harry has the best qualities of both parents.

    • Chartreuse says:

      Mich because it’s almost impossible is why. Only some people don’t get that

      • Betsy says:

        I think here we all get that, but I honestly think *William* doesn’t quite get that. I think he swallowed whole all the press and opinions from back in the day that the throne should skip Charles and go straight to him. He more than any of us should understand succession and I agree with Mich – he thinks he can do an end run.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Of course he is and he’s been doing so for a while. It’s the Peter Principle. He is angling to be promoted to his level of incompetence. They keep forgetting that Joe and Joanna public have a way of turning on people in a flash.

      • Betsy says:

        This is confusing because he’s already above his level of incompetence. He already can’t do his job.

    • Nic919 says:

      There is a play called Charles III where William basically deposed Charles not long after he accedes to the crown. I think the playwright knew more than the public is allowed to know about William because many of them believe he is like Diana. But William is more petulant than Charles and he will be beholden to the tabloid media and extreme right wing of the government. Charles has had his faults exposed which is why the public doesn’t like him as much, but if the truth came out about William, which is fairly obvious is one cares to look, then Charles is the better option by far.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It would also endanger the inheritance of the private wealth, so never happening.

      • Allyn says:

        I saw the filmed version on Masterpiece. I thought it was quite good, imagining the modern monarchy as a Shakespearean tragedy; Tim Pigott-Smith was excellent as Charles, a well-meaning man who had ideas and wanted to do the right thing in a system that didn’t allow him that freedom.

        I didn’t really see it as William deposing Charles so much as it was Kate manipulating William into deposing Charles. In the play and film, she’s absolutely the power behind William and driven to make sure that her son sits on throne. She needed Charles out of the way because if Charles [redacted] things up and Britain abolished the monarchy then everything she worked for was for naught, and she couldn’t have that. The play’s William, it seemed to me, was a bit dumb and easily manipulated.

      • Nic919 says:

        Ok it had been a while since I had seen it so I forgot that they made Kate look like she had power. Maybe the playwright was substituting Carole in for Kate because she’s the only woman who might be able to pull that off with William.

      • iconoclast59 says:

        I remember seeing that play, I think on PBS. It was verrrrry interesting!

      • Sid says:

        You all have me intrigued, especially your comments Nic. Let me see if I can find this play on one of the streaming services.

      • Laugh or Cry says:

        I think the public does know about the real William, just like Trump. They either don’t care or are really just as vile as he is. This is what they believe; it’s the rest of us who are slow so to speak.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t see William as being a good king, unless he is kept under more control so he does not think he runs the family.

    • Chloe says:

      I believe Diana installed in William that HE is the rightful next king, not Charles, to both spite Charles and because she may have believed it. Which is cruel in my opinion. The effects of this superiority belief he has about himself damaged William and all/most of hos relationship

      • Sid says:

        Diana is also the same one who allegedly said that Harry would make a better king than William, so there’s that. I tend to think that any superiority complex William has is from growing up and having everyone around him tell him he is the bestest, most special person in the whole world because he is a future king.

  3. Agirlandherdog says:

    First of all, I watched the entire interview, and absolutely nothing Harry said could be considered “scathing.” That reporter clearly needs a dictionary.

    Secondly, the British monarch has no power in government. S/he is a figurehead, only. So why would the Queen have to abdicate if her health deteriorates? Other royals can step in and show up to wave, etc.

    As for the rest, I don’t understand why Great Britain hasn’t already abolished the monarchy, so I have no opinion on who steps up next. Honestly, it seems like a real waste of taxpayer money for all the pomp and circumstance involved with installing a new monarch.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Yes. The only thing scathing is the perception that so called reporters and British Media/and some members of the BRF are taking from the interview. I was surprised that the tell all interview wasn’t as tell all as maybe advertised. It was more of a confirmation of what a majority of people could already see. No matter how hard the British Media and nefarious members of the Royal Family try.

      I have a bad habit of relating things to movie quotes. In the case of the monarchy-I’ll go with Argo. “This is the best bad idea we have, sir.”. Charles is the best bad idea over Will.

    • Syd says:

      British person here – the vast majority of older (40+) British people love the monarchy, and the vast majority of younger people are completely indifferent. As for the drain on taxpayer money; it’s debatable depending on what figures you look at. Then there’s the question of what the alternative would be. The British people, even those who voted the controlling party in, always hold a small amount of contempt for those in government. The idea of the Prime Minister being the ‘head’ of the country is not one that we’d find acceptable, nor would we want a French-style President. I’m a republican but accept that it won’t happen in my lifetime, or the lifetime of my kids. Best case scenario is that they trim the family tree and we stop helping to fund some of the other relatives.

      Also, who else is going to open a hospital? It used to be either the Queen or Jimmy Saville and, well, look how that turned out…

  4. Lauren says:

    Want it or not the Queen is 95, it’s only natural that Chuck is the one holding the reigns now. This is why Baldemort is looking to tarnish his father’s reputation by implying that only he, Bill, is a great support to the Queen and shares her devotion to service. It’s hilarious. Anyways Chuck cannot be skipped over, so we are getting a king Charles, now will there be a king Baldingham? That is the real question.

  5. Harla says:

    When did Charles support the Sussex’s, quietly or otherwise? This is the first I’ve read about him supporting their exit.

    • The Hench says:

      News at the time suggested he was prepared to consider a halfway house solution and it was William that insisted on all out or all in.

      • Tessa says:

        why did William get to call the shots? If Charles supported Harry he’d have told William to back off.

    • Cecilia says:

      He never truly did but a reporter (emily andrews i think) wrote an article last year saying that charles as the oh so loving father supported harry 100%. It was a clarence house pr fluff piece

    • Lauren says:

      If you back to look there were plenty of articles declaring that Chuck was favorable to the half in half out plan, but the Queen said no. And I mean PLENTY of reports. It made him seem the only one being reasonable about Sussexit, only that bit was also cleared up later when it was said that Charles wasn’t taking calls from Harry and that the Queen’s people were giving Harry the runaround until he, Harry, had to drop the Sussexit news early because someone bald had leak it to the tabloids. This was later confirmed by Harry himself during the Oprah interview.

    • Becks1 says:

      That was kind of the quiet narrative put out a year ago – that Charles was supporting them financially, that he was hurt by their exit but understood, he wanted them back, etc. It wasnt a huge talking point but it was definitely something put out.

      IMO, it shows that Charles is both PR savvy and….something else. Selfish? Punitive? combination of both? Like, Charles knew how bad Sussexit looked on a global stage – whatever the UK thinks of it, for the rest of the world, it was like “man things must have been bad for them to peace out like that.” and I think Charles knew that and knew that it was a blow to his image, that he was such a poor father that his son moved an ocean away – so he tried to quietly sort of walk a line between the two stories – that he was the future king who could not allow the half in half out, and that he was a loving father who supported his son’s decision.

      I don’t know if that makes sense. Basically what I’m trying to say is that I think it’s clear that Charles knew how his actions would look (yanking funding and security with little warning after allowing the press to bully Harry and Meghan for two years and allowing William to run amok) so he tried to quietly push the story that he supported them, etc. So he KNEW what he was doing was wrong and would be bad for him if it was found out, but that wasn’t enough for him to change his actions.

      • Woke says:

        The problem with Charles is he is a coward and his reputation is damaged. So he can’t clearly pick a side and stick to it. He always try to stay in the middle. But what saves him I think is he obviously listen to his advisers and is more in touch in the real world.
        I wonder how William ended up so sheltered and disconnected from the real world.

      • Emily_C says:

        Charles picked a side. He yanked Harry’s funding, refused to take his calls, and manipulated things so that Harry couldn’t talk to the queen.

        Charles picks sides. Then he lies about it. The problem with Charles is that he’s a manipulative liar.

    • Amy Bee says:

      The tabloids were reporting that but it wasn’t true.

  6. The Hench says:

    “however, the poll suggests that more than half— 51 percent— believe Harry and Meghan have damaged the ­reputation of the monarchy.”

    Nope. That was done by the Monarchy’s sh*tty shenanigans. H&M just talked about it.

    • Cecilia says:

      I made this comment below but the polls done by the tabloids aren’t usually an accurate representation of the whole public. The way they do their “research” is basically posting a poll on their website. Since a substantive part of the UK avoids them, there is no accurate representation

  7. Lainey says:

    I think the tv show made him more endearing. He was forced into marriage when he was very much in love with someone else. I am a true lover of diana but she didn’t seem to be the easiest to live with either. They were a mismatched pair but they had beautiful children and left iconic legacy.

    • Snuffles says:

      I agree! It made him sympathetic. They were a mismatch from the beginning and Diana was far too young and naive. If his PR team had any sense he would have kept quiet. But maybe he’s terrified of the next season where Diana will die and was trying to squash the show ahead of time.

      • tolly says:

        It helps that the actors playing Charles and Diana are much closer in age, which downplays the power disparity in their relationship.

    • goofpuff says:

      The TV show made him more endearing, but he wasn’t “in love” if he was also seeing other women at the same time as Camilla. He just wasn’t in love with Diana.

    • equality says:

      Well, “whatever in love means”.

      • North of Boston says:

        “Oh, when you see the people who know what ‘in love’ means, please give them my regards”

        For someone who has spent his entire lifetime being groomed for a place in the public spotlight, it’s amazing how often Charles manages to say clunky, off putting things when faced with the simplest situations and predictable, softball questions.

      • Sid says:

        NOB, if the story is true that (able-bodied) Charles requires his house staff to put the toothpaste on his toothbrush for him, I feel like that tidbit about him just says it all.

  8. Cecilia says:

    I would almost feel sorry for charles….. almost.

    Tbh, i wonder how much charles actually runs the institution. I sense that william has been exercising more and more control each day.

    That being said, you know what could bave really rehabilitated his image? Standing up for meghan. He received some of the best press he had in years when i walked her down the aisle. Now look at him.

    • Woke says:

      I think at some point Charles and Harry will be in a good place. Harry alluded to that.

    • Merricat says:

      William is not exercising control. He’s acting out via tabloid press, which is neither kingly nor effective on the global stage.

  9. Cecilia says:

    I would also like to add that polls done by these tabloids aren’t very trustworthy

    • The Hench says:

      Yes, you can get a poll to say whatever you want based on responder recruitment and the phrasing of questions. I’ve worked in research and it’s pretty easy to do.

    • Agreatreckonking says:

      Exactly-not trustworthy. Numbers can and will be skewed to the wanted results. Did a search on Delta poll and when I clicked on the link it shows it’s not a secure site. Very wary of those businesses that don’t have a secure site.

      Sounds likes someone else wants to skip to the front of the line.

    • notasugarhere says:

      And not the result William wanted, if he and his henchmen were behind this. According to this poll, 27 percent of the 1600 people polled don’t want Charles to be king – but 23 percent want Harry to be king. Only 22 percent picked William.

      • Harper says:

        So the real headline is that Harry is the preferred king over William? Wow.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Since I’m American I really don’t know the “law” that’s followed for the next heir to take the throne. But it’s become apparent that it would be very difficult to skip PC. So, if you’re going to skip one generation, why don’t you just skip two while you’re at it? That would make George King. Baldimort might want to think before he speaks and leaks.

  10. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Do these people not understand that you don’t vote your royalty in? The Tampon King Chuck is up next, like him or not.

    • Dini says:

      @ woke I came here to say the same thing. Too bad for those 47% that they don’t get a choice.

    • Becks1 says:

      I shared this the other day but my mother (who has a master’s degree and is very smart) was convinced that the Queen got to pick her successor because she saw it on Facebook. She was like, so its not going to be Charles, it will be William.

      I had to tell her that wasn’t true, lol. (also, I dont think the queen would pick william over charles anyway).

    • equality says:

      I know. Highly ironic and amusing that people who support a monarch think that they get a vote on things.

      • Gabby says:

        Yes, it’s all PROTOCOL!….TRADITION!…..1000 YEAR OLD INSTITUTION! until one of these stupid polls come out asking if Will should get to skip the line.

  11. MaryContrary says:

    Well, fortunately for him the polls don’t matter a whit. He’s going to be king-albeit a pretty truncated reign due to his age.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Charles will see a lot of change in a twenty+ year reign, perhaps even the end of the monarchy entirely.

  12. Woke says:

    It seems those 47% think they have a choice over who will be the next monarch. If they want to have a choice over their next head of state they should campaign for a republic.
    How long the media will play this narrative of William should be king instead of Charles. Do they realise that it makes some people think, if we can skip Charles why not abolish it already ?

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “How long the media will play this narrative of William should be king instead of Charles.”

      Until it no longer sells newspapers and no longer generates click$ for revenue$.

  13. Becks1 says:

    He may not be the most popular, but he’s next, because that’s how it works!

    • Cecilia says:

      I might be the only one here, but I actually think charles would make a pretty good king. He’s had his fair share of personal drama but the work he’s managed to put out were always result driven and he still does 200+ engagements a year while he’s in his 70’s.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think so too, actually. I mean, in terms of the work – we know Charles will show up, we know he can interact well with ambassadors, heads of state, etc – he may not be the most popular but I think he’ll be competent and do the work. William, on the other hand….

      • Shirley says:

        And he has been ahead of his time on the environment and is Prince’s Trust is very welll thought of.

      • Robin says:

        If it has to be one of them, please let it be Charles. I couldn’t stand Kate and William at this point, because I want the monarchy to have changed radically (or be completely gone) by the time they get a run at it. That photo of Charles is really bad. He looks like my partner when he comes back from a run and reaches for an almond magnum, only to find the kids have left an empty box in the freezer!

    • notasugarhere says:

      Harry is the most popular and he won’t be king. Charles’s reputation is nowhere near as bad as some people wish. People don’t care about a failed first marriage; they care about his black spider memos. Since William has been publicly meddling in political things too, in a far more clumsy and inept manner? Charles wins again.

  14. Cali says:

    Well, this is what happens when Nepotism takes front and center over democracy. Long live King Charles…that doesn’t sound right at all. Abolish the monarchy

  15. TheOriginalMia says:

    Did William’s friends in the media order this poll? Doesn’t matter. Charles is up next. William may envision himself as king, but he’s not there quite yet. He’ll just have to wait to become the lazy dictator we all know he’ll be.

  16. Sofia says:

    A lot of these polls are conducted in order to push a certain narrative forward. People may truly not like Charles but we’ve got no choice unless Charles dies before his mother or the whole thing is abolished.

  17. Shirley says:

    Funnily enough, in the past there have been far more unsuitable kings than Charles and the monarchy still survived!

    • Sofia says:

      Charles I would say otherwise (if his head was still on his body). The monarchy did come back but he still got his head chopped off.

      • Shirley says:

        But he was in a minority, apart from others who were deposed by other royals such as Edward II and Richard II, which isn’t quite the same

        But did you know that after the Monarchy was restored in 1660 they dug up Oliver Cromwell’s body and hung it?

      • Sofia says:

        Yes I know. But my point is that one King Charles did not survive. It was temporary and his son became King but my point is that the monarchy was abolished because of a King Charles.

    • Merricat says:

      That was before social media and digital news.

  18. Sunday says:

    Will does not plan on waiting around until he’s old and bald..er to become king. The line of succession doesn’t have to skip Charles for his master plan to work, however – he just has to sabotage Charles like he’s done to Harry until Charles’ reputation is so completely tanked that he feels the pressure to step aside a few years into his reign. If it looks as though the monarchy will not survive with Charles as monarch, especially if Will successfully whips up public pressure via a relentless smear campaign, the firm will absolutely sign on to make Will the “hero” who swoops in and saves the monarchy. Now, will his plan work? Probably not, because he’s a moron and every move he makes is as obvious as his (nonexistent) hair line, but will he try? Absolutely, he’s already doing it.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Won’t happen, particularly because William is a known penny pincher. It would legally endanger the monarch-to-monarch tax free inheritance of the massive private wealth. The deal it, it is tax free death inheritance when one monarch dies – not if a monarch abdicates. Attempt to change the rules on that one, set up by a pro-monarchy PM? None of the Windsors want the common man seeing 1) how much wealth they have privately and 2) that they won’t pay any taxes on it.

      • Sunday says:

        That’s a great point, thanks for explaining. I do wonder about the close ties between KP and the current Tory government, and what they think they’d be able to get away with, but yes there’s no way he’d risk his inheritance. Would he poison his dad, though? *ponders conspiratorially*

      • betsyh says:

        Nota, does this mean that if Charles abdicates he would own the money until he dies?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Charles will inherit the majority of the private wealth when his mother dies, all of it tax free. It would be his regardless of if he later abdicated. But if he isn’t reigning monarch when he himself dies? William has to pay minimum 40 percent death duties, as both William and Harry did with their Diana inheritance.

      • betsyh says:

        Thanks nota. That is a heavy tax.

    • Jaded says:

      Will Duce will continue to try and undermine his father every way possible, but Charles is good at the long game. He’s pretty much acting as King Regent now and although he’s been giving his son a good deal of rope on which to hang himself, he’s going to start pulling it in soon. Once Charles accedes to the throne TOB is going to have to toe the party line. And no, the Queen can’t decide to place TOB on the throne instead of Charles, it’s against the 1701 Act of Settlement, which requires that a monarch’s heir must be a direct successor and agreed to by an act of Parliament, which could take many years.

    • Lemons says:

      Charles is smarter than William and can outlast his son’s boyish looks which are quickly disappearing. At this point, he is coasting on being Diana’s son, the FFK and working out a bit.

      Once Charles becomes King, there will be more scrutiny on William and what he has done to be kingly. Right now, the tabloids are still treating him and his wife like children and are merely happy that they in turn have had children.

      Charles won’t have to work very hard to put Will’s ability to do the job into question. And if William threatens him, he’ll do just that.

  19. Chartreuse says:

    Lucky it’s not a popularity contest no matter how many ill informed people talk about William overtaking Charles. They are baldi stans wet dreams

  20. Over it says:

    I don’t like Chucky but I despise willyleaks. He is the one that made the skin color comments so I feel these people should want chuck more than Willy because Willy is evil, laxy and arrogant to boot. He is throwing his father under the bus to get ahead of him to rule. Too bad it won’t work Baldimort

  21. Amy Bee says:

    I think that 47% is going to rise after the Queen dies.

    • Cecilia says:

      Which is why the press is focussing so much on william. They know charles’ rep is in the gutter. So to make the monarchy somewhat appealing they try to shift the focus to King William. If i were charles i would be seriously pissed.

    • Lizzie says:

      Will they want to skip Charles or do away with the monarchy?

    • goofpuff says:

      That’s only 47% of 1600 people though (from the polls).

  22. Sunday says:

    ETA the comment I was responding to was deleted I guess

    I (respectfully) disagree with that – of course he wants to be king. He wants to have ultimate power; he doesn’t want to play second fiddle to the monarch and he definitely doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, which he undoubtedly sees as weak and submissive. William doesn’t want to do any of the “work” typically associated with being monarch, but as egotistical as he is he definitely thinks that he can simply change what’s expected of a monarch, that once he’s king he can redefine the role however he likes, so if he wants to throw himself parades instead of opening hospitals he’ll do just that.

  23. Becks1 says:

    eta the comment I was responding to is gone I think

  24. Lizzie Bathory says:

    As always, Kaiser, great picture selection.

    Charles to that totally disinterested woman: “Madam, if you can be bothered to look at me when I’m speaking. I am, after all, the Prince of Wales. As I was saying, do give my regards to all of the ethnic–oh, I see you’ve looked away again.”

    William: “Oh how jolly to play at being in a wheelchair! I can see why so many of you like to use them!”

  25. Lucy says:

    If this level of bad breaks was piling up on A normal family, I’d feel bad for them. This is more like the karma bus finally got in gear.
    FWIW I think Charles will do fine at kinging, although it’s a very silly job. William will not, because it’s a job.
    I’m hoping one of our tarot readers comes back and does a reading on this whole thing! I remember someone was doing them around the time of Rose who, and then she had a really good one about the 45th clown ahead of the only debate, before anyone publicly knew he had covid. They’re fun!

  26. WhoElse says:

    Scrap the whole pestilent system. And give back all their stolen loot while you’re at it.

  27. kerwood says:

    If Charles had had the moral courage to stand by his son, daughter-in-law and grandson when he should have, he would have come out of this mess as a hero.

    Publicly supporting his son’s choice to do what was right for him and his family would have shown that Charles could be a modern king. Instead, he cowardly bowed down to his horrible son and the British media in the foolish belief that it would make him look good. And now, every good thing he’s done since Diana died has been swept away by a show on telly! The really sad part is that Charles HAS done a lot of good; he’s just a fucking coward.

  28. Nyro says:

    They’d better accept Charles and hope that he lives to be 110 because Trump Jr.’s reign is going to be an international embarrassment.

  29. Keri says:

    Charles, despite being an awful father and husband has what it takes to be a good king. He’s not well loved like Elizabeth, but he’s a hard worker, the most successful Prince of Wales, and he .seems to genuinely care about the causes he promotes. The Prince’s Trust is something he can be proud of.

    Will is a terrible person. He’s proven this to everyone over and over again as we’ve seen and has no work ethic. He has no charitable causes that stand out like Charles and Harry have. He must be the laziest Royal in history next to his useless wife, Keen Karen. Long live King Charles. If by some impossible fluke, William bypasses Charles as king, the monarchy will be f*cked.

    Interesting to note that among young people 18-24, Prince Harry, who is supposed to be so hated in the UK, beat William by a narrow margin on who should be the next king. Considering how rigged these poles are in favor of the heir, that’s a pretty big deal.

  30. Sarcasm101 says:

    Princess Anne would kick arse. She’s as tough as both of her parents. Her brothers are useless blobs.

  31. Lory says:

    Charles may be indeed running the show, but he wants the title. His entire life has prepared him for Crown before anything or anyone else. And now it’s crumbling because putting any leader who puts him or herself first will never create a stable and successful system.

  32. A says:

    Not surprising, tbh. That being said though, I think a lot of this isn’t solely bc of Charles’ bad PR or public perception. I think some of it just comes down to the fact that, people don’t like change, period. The Queen has been the mainstay of British public life for 95 years now. There are people who grew up knowing no other monarch as their head of state, period. The idea of her going away, to be replaced by someone who is new and different and not like her at all–it’s not very appetizing to think about as a whole, and I don’t blame people for not warming up to the idea.

  33. aquarius64 says:

    A good reason for William for not to be king: his Rose trimming and who knows the number of gardens he’s been pruning. Not only the rota rats may know the disgusting details but countries that are hostile to the UK could know. Intelligence agencies from Russia and the like may know the dirt on Sussexit, enough to compromise the FFK. Bulliam had an engagement with British intelligence. Use that as leverage and Billy the Bad truly becomes Wilileaks.

  34. Julia K says:

    Behind the scenes I believe Camilla is none too happy about Kate the Great. Camilla has played the long game and will be queen consort. She has paid her dues, put in the time. I can see her slapping Kate and William down a peg or two. “Know your place, sweetums”.

  35. Emily_C says:

    As John Oliver said, it’s a “very silly pseudo-job.” Fire the lot of them. Charles can get a job designing fancy gardens if he’d rather do that than retire.

  36. Eulalia says:

    Speaking as an Australian, we don’t want him as our king either. I predict a mass exodus from the Commonwealth during his reign.

  37. Gk says:

    So the royal family does charitable and philanthropic duties, THATS why they are entitled to be very wealthy, powerful and get perks like tax breaks, palaces, security, jewelry and so much money? Come on what is there to be good at? The whole system of monarchy is beyond idiotic. None of them should be entitled to it. When the royal reporters spout “duty” I want to say like to what? What does it entail and where can I sign up?

  38. Elisabeth Dudo says:

    I used to think that until Prince William came along!
    When I see how PW is with Harry, I just think that no good is going to come from him as a King. I am not even talking about Kate…