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Prince Charles is a threat to monarchy as he can't stop 'preaching about climate change', says royal expert

The 71-year-old Prince of Wales is first in line to the throne after the Queen dies
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An expert has claimed that Prince Charles is a threat to the British monarchy given his outspoken nature. Commentator Rita Panahion Sky News Australia said that "neutrality" has been the key to the popularity of the British royal family but Prince of Charles’ openness could threaten the future of the monarchy.

The 71-year-old is first in line to the throne after the Queen dies.

“I do fear for the future of the monarchy when Prince Charles becomes King. I think he’s everything that the Queen is not. I don’t think he’s going to be able to stay away from these contentious issues, to understand his role and not to preach about climate change...or other issues he’s spoken about in the past,” Panahi said.

She added: “For the sake of the monarchy, and for the sake of our Constitution, unless we want to become a republic, I do hope the Queen holds on and perhaps Prince William takes over, and Prince Charles goes off with Camilla and has some quiet time."

Charles has long been known for his outspokenness on many issues. He has often spoken about climate change and called on global leaders to work together to make the world more sustainable. Royal biographer Angela Levin has also claimed that his actions have upset royals several times, especially the Queen and Prince Philip.

“He annoyed his parents, actually. They felt he was weak, they felt they couldn’t trust him to be king, that he had all these funny ideas about spiritualism and plastic in the sea,” Levin said while speaking to Channel 5.

However, this was not the first time, experts have criticized Charles for this characteristic. Back in the early 2000s, when he tried to stop the publication of the so-called ‘black spider memos’, he was severely slammed for intervening in politics.

‘Black spider memos’ was a collection of memoranda and letters the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II directed to ministers and members of Cabinet through the years. In the letters, he reportedly shared his views on numerous issues, including affordable rural housing and public health.

At the time, Clarence House had to look into the matter as it defended Charles’ intervention, noting the correspondence showed "the range of the Prince of Wales' concerns and interests for this country and the wider world".

“The letters published by the Government show the Prince of Wales expressing concern about issues that he has raised in public like affordable rural housing, the quality of hospital food, the preservation and regeneration of historic buildings, an integrated approach to healthcare, climate change, and others.

“In all these cases, the Prince of Wales is raising issues of public concern, and trying to find practical ways to address the issues,” Clarence House said in a statement released in 2015.

The latest claims by the expert came a few days after Charles celebrated grandson Louis' second birthday with an adorable photo of the two hugging. The black and white photo showed the proud grandfather smiling while holding Louis to his chest. The little was seen wrapping his arms around his grandpa's neck in an adorable manner.

The photograph was shared by the official Clarence House Twitter handle along with the caption, "A very happy birthday to Prince Louis, who turns two today. The young Prince enjoys a hug from his grandfather the Prince of Wales." However, it was not clear when the snap was taken.