LONDON (Reuters) – British Prince Charles has declared that he will stop interfering in the issues that deeply concern him when he will become king, claiming that he "is not" not so stupid. "
The heir to the British throne has long spoken openly about issues ranging from climate change to architecture, to alternative medicine, and critics have warned that he continued as a ruler he would put the monarchy in jeopardy.
Speaking before his 70th birthday next week, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth, 92, said the role of the monarch was completely different from that of Prince of Wales.
"The idea, in a way, that I will continue exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is totally absurd, because the two – the two situations – are completely different," he said. he told the BBC.
When asked if his public campaign would continue, he replied, "No, that's wrong. I'm not so stupid. "
Under the unwritten constitution of Britain, the monarch is obliged to remain neutral on political issues despite the fact that he exercises virtually no power. During her 66 years on the throne, the longest reign in British history, Elizabeth has never made public her personal opinions.
Charles, for his part, did not hide his opinions, recognizing that challenging certain orthodox viewpoints had made him unpopular in some places.
"As a teenager, I remember having deeply felt this horrendous wrecking work on all aspects of life," said Charles in a written response to Vanity Fair magazine for an interview published this month.
"By putting my head above the parapet on all these issues (…), I found myself in conflict with the conventional vision which, as I discovered, is not exactly the situation the most enjoyable ever. "
In 2013, it was revealed that he had held 36 meetings with government ministers over three years. Two years later, the British Supreme Court ruled that dozens of letters he was addressing to ministers – dubbed the "black spider memos" because of his handwriting released.
Topics covered included rural housing, the war in Iraq, food in hospitals and the fate of Patagonian Patagonian toothfish.
American journalist Catherine Mayer wrote in a biography of 2015 that her passions had caused anxiety at Buckingham Palace and with the Queen herself, with royal courtiers fearing that Charles would pursue a radical monarchy style.
"He has a vision of the world and he wants to impose his vision of this world, so he absolutely does not want to live up to expectations," said Tom Bower, who wrote the Prince's biography this year, to Reuters.
"I think if he is a rebel king, the monarchy will be in danger and I think this is the big problem we face."
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In the documentary, Charles declared that he would operate in the "constitutional parameters" as king.
"I've tried to make sure everything I did was political, but I think it's essential to remember that there's nothing wrong with it. only one sovereign at a time, not two, "he said.
"I realize that it's a separate exercise to be sovereign. So of course, I totally understand how it should work.
Proponents claim that its causes – helping disadvantaged youth find jobs, interfaith dialogue and the campaign against disposable plastics, for example – are often pre-eminent.
Charles defended his activism as heir to the throne, including founding Prince's Trust in 1976 to help vulnerable youth.
He said, "If you care about downtown as I did 40 years ago, then I'm proud of it."
Charles was four when his grandfather George VI died and his mother took the throne at the age of 25.
In addition to his candid point of view, Charles was confronted with the intrigue surrounding the acrimonious end of his marriage with his first wife, Princess Diana, and the hostility of some to his second wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Camilla told the BBC that her willingness to get things done has boosted her activism. "He would like to save the world," she said.
The aides say that Charles is incredibly hardworking and motivated, and in the film, his eldest son, William, said that he would like his father to spend more time with his grandchildren.
"When he's here he's brilliant," said William. "We need him as much as possible."
Edited by Guy Faulconbridge and Janet Lawrence