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SEASON TWO - EPISODE #68

Prince Charles

Be it resolved, Prince Charles is unfit to be King of England.

Guests
Clive Irving
Angela Levin

About this episode

He’s been heir to the throne for 70 years, waiting to take over as King of Great Britain from the country’s longest serving monarch, his mother, Queen Elizabeth. But as the Queen’s advanced age and fragile health becomes ever more apparent, many in the UK are wondering whether Charles is the right man to take over the throne from his long-beloved and admired mother. The Prince’s critics point to a sense of entitlement and dour personality unbecoming of a monarch. He lectures about the environment while flying in a private jet, is thin-skinned to criticism, and is forever tainted by his alleged treatment of Diana and the very ugly details that led to the breakdown of their marriage. And most importantly, his critics argue, a constitutional monarchy requires that the sovereign not interfere in politics, a role that Queen Elizabeth has embraced and perfected over her long reign. Charles, by contrast, has used his position to express his views and influence both popular and ministerial opinion.

The Prince’s allies insist that he is the right man for the job – he will bring a more modern, European, and tolerant sensibility to a country that must adapt to a new world. His lifelong commitment to protecting the environment and raising awareness about climate change – long before it was deemed fashionable – shows a strength of character sorely lacking in today’s leaders. And finally, as the longest serving heir to the British throne, he has long exhibited a keen sense of duty and commitment to the monarchy which has endeared him to his subjects and guarantees an easy transition when the time inevitably comes.

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Guests

Clive Irving

“Charles has lived in a highly privileged cocoon. William and Kate, on the other hand, fit and understand the real world in a way that Charles has never done.”

Clive Irving

“Charles has lived in a highly privileged cocoon. William and Kate, on the other hand, fit and understand the real world in a way that Charles has never done.”

Clive Irving is a columnist for the Daily Beast in New York. His career in journalism began when the Queen came to the throne. That created a kind of parallel life in which he has tracked the whole arc of the Queen’s reign in various roles - as an investigative reporter at the London Sunday Times, as a television producer, as a magazine editor at Conde Nast in New York and ultimately as a biographer in his book The Last Queen, which is witness to not just the monarch’s evolution but to the enormous cultural, political and social changes in Britain that she had to navigate. He also speaks as an insider about the role of the media in shaping the public perception of the royal family at times of great stress for them. 

Angela Levin

“We are living in a tumultuous world…we need security and straightforwardness. We need someone we can really trust. And I think that Prince Charles fits that role perfectly.”

Angela Levin

“We are living in a tumultuous world…we need security and straightforwardness. We need someone we can really trust. And I think that Prince Charles fits that role perfectly.”

Angela Levin has recently concentrated on being a royal commentator and writing about senior members of the British royal family.  

Her biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be out late September 2022. 

She has previously been a senior feature writer on The Observer, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. She has also written for the Telegraph, The Spectator and other magazines.  

She has been commended twice in the British Press Awards. 

Angela was Consultant Producer and contributor to Ch 4 documentary: Max Clifford: The Fall of a Tabloid King on March 1, 2021. She has also written nine non-fiction books. Her latest biography: Harry: Conversations with the Prince was published in 2018. Angela broadcasts world-wide on TV and radio. This includes Sky, BBC4 and 2, GBNEWS TalkRADIO, LBS, ITV Canadian, Australian and Japanese TV, plus many stations in Europe.   

 

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