'I am not that stupid': Prince Charles insists he will NOT 'meddle' in politics when he is king
Prince Charles has also claimed that he will stop campaigning on the environment, architecture, and homeopathy when he becomes king
Prince Charles has said that he is not interested in being a "meddling monarch" when he succeeds to the British royal throne. In a new documentary by BBC One, 'Prince, Son, and Heir – Charles at 70', which will mark his 70th birthday next week, the heir to the throne has answered a lot of persistent questions, especially related to his lobbying for controversial topics.
In the same documentary, as per reports, Prince Charles also claimed that he will stop campaigning on the environment, architecture, and homeopathy when he becomes king, saying, "I'm not that stupid."
The Prince of Wales spoke for the first time regarding the future of his reign, something that royal aides claim would mark as the last time he speaks on such a controversial issue. "I do realize it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So, of course, I understand entirely how that should operate."
He added, "I've tried to make sure whatever I've done has been non-party political, but I think it's vital to remember there's only room for one sovereign at a time, not two. You can't be the same as the sovereign if you're the Prince of Wales or the heir. But the idea somehow that I'm going to go on exactly the same way if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense because the two situations are completely different."
But Charles is completely unapologetic, especially when it comes to his public campaigning over the past half-century. He said, "I always wonder what meddling is? I mean I always thought it was motivating. But I've always been intrigued if it's meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago and what was happening or not happening there – the conditions in which people were living. If that's meddling I'm very proud of it."
The new documentary will see the king-in-waiting getting very matter-of-fact about a lot of issues surrounding him and his methods, as well as feature candid contributions from the royal family including his sons William and Harry and wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Cornwall.
According to reports, he also spoke about how he has been accused of risking the monarch's constitutional impartiality by meddling in government policy. It is said that the Prince has written many times to ministers calling for action, which were termed as 'black spider memos', which in turn left a lot of people uneasy about his ability to be a neutral monarch.
But Prince Charles tackled the topic head-on in the interview and compared his role as that of the 14th-century Black Prince, a predecessor as Prince of Wales and commander during the Hundred Years' War.
He said, "Each one of my predecessors had to find out how they would do it, a lot of them dropped dead or were killed before they got very far. I mean the Black Prince was the first one and he rushed about doing all the complicated bits and fighting battles while his father sat somewhere else. So you know he was busy winning his spurs, and in a sense, that's still what has to happen."