‘He must curb his urge to intervene’

A king of unity

Charles’ embassy in Scotland, which has repeatedly called for secession from the kingdom: Hair belongs to it. Here he also met representatives of Indian, Pakistani and other groups within British society to demonstrate the unity of the people. Another important signal: be approachable, be in contact with the people and not with the office of the king, but with the people behind it. “It was seen as very positive how he and King’s wife Camilla spoke for a long time to waiting spectators, whose rows he walked with his wife, laughing and shaking hands, affably but not condescending, apparently without worrying about losing the dignity of his position in the trial.” , the nobility expert continues.

Thomas Kielinger in 2016 (Source: image stock&people)

‘His urge to intervene is his greatest weakness’

An important image preservation. Because just at the beginning of his reign Charles III. by clumsy performances in front of the camera certainly not close to the people. For example, when he loudly complained about misplaced or defective writing implements, the prince’s pride and arrogance was soon blasphemed. But Thomas Kielinger sees a very different potential stumbling block ahead of him: “He has to curb – his greatest weakness – his urge to meddle in the current debates, which he often showcased as Prince of Wales. As monarch he must strictly maintain the absolute duty of neutrality of his position and cannot take a position on this or that side of a debate: that would offend the other group who may disagree, but he is king of all Britons and as such should speak for all parties and the directions remain acceptable, or at least try to be. That was one of the Queen’s outstanding qualities: in 70 years staying out of all current controversial issues and doing so much for her acceptance.”

The then Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II: Here mother and son showed up together in June 2022 for an appointment in Scotland.
The then Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II: Here mother and son showed up together in June 2022 for an appointment in Scotland. (Credit: Jane Barlow/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Charles has to endure comparisons with his mother, the late Queen, from time to time. No one can imitate her, says Kielinger: “But Charles III can imitate the legacy, he already emphasizes it when he emphasizes the unity of the kingdom, which is not only threatened in Scotland by many centrifugal forces. Northern Ireland is also a problem as part of the UK, as the Catholic population in the Protestant north of the island has grown into the largest group and calls for union with the south of the island, the Republic of Ireland, continue to grow.”

“A special strength is his age”

These national movements are the great challenge for Charles in the future: “taming them and helping to keep the ‘United Kingdom’ seal attractive as a credible identity for all Britons will be his main task.” According to Kielinger, his experience could help him in particular: “As paradoxical as it may sound, a special strength of the new king is his age: no one has had to wait as long as the Prince of Wales for the succession to the throne. eldest The monarch in the history of the kingdom, who he is at the beginning of his “term”, is also the most experienced. Familiar with the rituals and requirements of the throne, the 73-year-old does not need an “apprenticeship”, but can immediately focus on the crises of the present and try to do its part in calming nerves stretched to breaking point everywhere.”

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