Prince Charles vows not to meddle as king
Arafat Hasan of DOT :
In a rare interview about his future, Prince Charles of the United Kingdom said Wednesday that he was not “stupid” enough to keep speaking out on contentious public issues once he becomes king.
The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II — formally known as the Prince of Wales — has long been seen as interfering because of his private lobbying of ministers and public statements on a range of subjects from architecture to the environment. However, he told the BBC in a documentary marking his 70th birthday next week that he did not intend to be a ‘meddling king’.
“I do realize that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So of course I understand entirely how that should operate,” he said.
He added when asked if his public campaigning would continue: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid.”
British royals traditionally steer well clear of politics — something perfected by the 92-year-old queen since her coronation in 1953. Nevertheless Prince Charles lobbied on a variety of issues, as shown in a series of letters between him and government ministers known as the “black spider” memos.
He is also known to hold particularly strong views on contemporary architectural design.
The prince used a keynote speech in 1976 to denounce a planned extension to the National Gallery in London as a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend”.
The planned design was scrapped.
The documentary provided a rare public glimpse into Prince Charles’s views about becoming king.