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Should the British monarch always remain neutral?

The Prince of Wales has said he will stop speaking out on issues when he becomes king, saying he is “not that stupid” to continue what some have termed as “meddling”.

Charles has been criticised in the past for his views on topics such as the environment and architecture, but said he recognises being heir to the throne and head of state are two different roles.
Interviewed for a BBC documentary about his 70th birthday, the prince acknowledged he would not be “able to do the same things I’ve done as heir” and as monarch would have to operate within “constitutional parameters”.

Speaking in detail about his future role as head of state, he said: “You know, I’ve tried to make sure whatever I’ve done has been non-party political, and I think it’s vital to remember there’s only room for one sovereign at a time, not two.

“So, 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 in exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense because the two – the two situations – are completely different.”

Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday

Charles was interviewed for a BBC documentary about his 70th birthday

Asked whether his public campaigning will go on, he added: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid. I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So of course I understand entirely how that should operate.”

Asked about what some have termed his “meddling”, Charles defended his actions, which include establishing the Prince’s Trust in 1976 to help disadvantaged young people.

He said: “But 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.”

Longest-serving heirs

What do you think? Would the British monarch be abusing a position of power by lobbying for issues that are important to them? Should a monarch always remain neutral? Or does their involvement help highlight important social issues that deserve greater attention? 

Should the British monarch always remain neutral?

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LeonardM8
25th Jan 2019
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I think as Prince Charles has got older and more mature in his ways, he has become a better prospect as a Monarch, His involvement in community projects and such like do him proud, and he makes me laugh sometimes. and that's always good.
on the point of opinions, this is a Country of free speech, or so I believe. ( I'm able to write this ) so it must be.
So why the person overseeing this right should not be able to use it is beyond me. ( as long as it's within the boundaries that apply to all of us ).
the only crib I have with Royalty is that none of them have grabbed hold of ( whoever has been prime minister at the time ) up against the wall, and told them to sort out the poverty and homelessness in the country and of my people, and look after my people. but that's another issue I suppose
BaW
24th Nov 2018
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I would hope that if they have a concern about how the government is ruling the country and how its decisions are affecting the monarch's subjects, that the king or queen would raise those concerns with the government and thus represent their people. It is noticeable that the younger generation of the royal family are taking on the mantle of conscience that Charles has so successfully undertaken during his many years of writing to government departments and ministers on so many subjects. He was absolutely right years ago about the dangers of climate change and GM foods, social deprivation and planning, has been active in assisting many youngsters, and has spoken out in support of rural communities...I hope he continues to be the 'dissident prince',
DerekJ9
22nd Nov 2018
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Remember what happened to the last one who interfered in parliment
viking
17th Nov 2018
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What most of our readers forget is the fact that the monarch in this country has regular private meetings with the Prime Minister. So he/she is able to express their point of view on topics which are of value but in private, so our readers will not be irritated !!!
highmyope1955
14th Nov 2018
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I have always believed in a republic; I was severely castigated at school for it. Recently I have been grateful that our constitutional monarch has denied absolute power to some of the people whose posteriors have been polishing the benches of Westminster Palace.
DJGeeves
14th Nov 2018
1
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why would we not need his opinion? We don't have to take it
Yodama
14th Nov 2018
2
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That the Royal family have immense wealth and power is without question. All ( MP's included ) swear an oath of protection and allegiance to the Queen or King,
Saying that, they should not use their power to influence any decisions made by their subjects.
Charles should stick to being a figurehead of this country and carry on with his good work.
KatyG8
14th Nov 2018
1
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My thoughts are that any comments on a subject would show they understand problems and would like to see changes. It would let the public see that they DO understand AND care.
gr8nutcase
14th Nov 2018
1
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I do object at the way he is always carping on about some thing or another. He should not take sides in anything and should serve our country with dignity just like his mother has. Although a little old fashioned in her gloves and hats she has given her life to this Country which we should thank her for most sincerely
Kes
14th Nov 2018
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I’ve no issue with him having a view and an honest opinion on anything, and it being widely aired if he chooses. Freedom of speech, such as it is these days, is something we should all be entitled to, including Prince Charles and his family. However, I do agree that a Monarch, who will no doubt have views and opinions on many things, should remain neutral and observe the current protocols of the constitution. He has recognised that himself. As heir, he has done a lot of good for our country and it’s people, more than gets reported on I’m sure. Those who label him a meddler are misguided. In answer to the question posed, I say ‘Yes’.
Onecott
13th Nov 2018
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Works well as it is, why create a problem , it’s unneccessary
Alicia
13th Nov 2018
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If Charles becomes King we are all doomed 🙁
MrsPat
10th Nov 2018
3
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I think the Price should keep his views to himself.
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Who watched the programme screened on BBC earlier in the week?
Jocelyne
10th Nov 2018
1
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Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Free speach
Lorraine
9th Nov 2018
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They are entitled to their views as are the rest of us, so see no need for this to be seen as political.
Pendle Witch
9th Nov 2018
3
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Yes he should refrain from comment, but he could still voice his opinion privately.
Bald123
9th Nov 2018
3
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Yes there are enough opinions in this country. His boys are terrific and I think its fine for the heir to the throne to have opinions made in public but not the King or Queen. The Queen has done a fantastic job and this should be followed by Charles.

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