Charles will NOT abandon his pet projects when crowned King: The Prince of Wales will ‘resist calls to abandon his charitable causes and is ready to open royal palaces’ during his reign
- Prince Charles will refuse to stop campaigning for the causes he loves
- He outlined his new approach during a meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau in Canada.
- The Prince of Wales has been criticized for his views on agriculture and homeopathy.
- But his future interventions will be guided by ‘listening more than talking’
The Prince of Wales will resist calls to ditch his pet projects when he becomes King, The Mail on Sunday understands.
Instead, you’ll find new ways to champion your favorite causes, opening up the royal palaces and ‘bringing people together to find solutions’.
One insider described it as a plan to be ‘a coordinating King rather than an activist King’. Significantly, it appears that he has agreed not to be outspoken or bring disputes to court.
The prince is said to have outlined his new approach during a meeting in the Canadian capital of Ottawa on Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney. “Even if people come to see what the inside of my house looks like, they may stay to solve the problems we face,” he told them.
Prince Charles and Camilla sign the Canada Veterans Affairs guestbook on May 18.
Charles has been criticized for his strong views on topics such as architecture, homeopathy, organic food and traditional farming methods, with some questioning how his views will square with the impartiality required of the monarch.
However, it seems that his future interventions will focus on “listening instead of talking”.
A royal source said: “He never gives up on problems and keeps coming back to people to find out what progress has been made.”
A royal source told The Mail on Sunday: “He never gives up on problems and keeps coming back.”
Carlos is likely to have a very different style of monarchy from the Queen, experts anticipate
“But this is the distinction: not solving problems yourself, but listening to people’s concerns and bringing others together to solve them.”
That is likely to lead to a different style of monarchy than the Queen: an unprecedented reign in which few people have listened to her personal views.
It also marks a departure for Charles, who has earned both admiration and criticism for interventions such as describing a proposed expansion of the National Gallery as “a monstrous anthrax”.
However, he will maintain the networks of friendship that he has built. The source continued: “The Prince has relationships that go back a long way: some of the indigenous leaders he met in Canada are people he has been talking to for decades. His mother was much younger when he came to the throne, but he has had a lifetime as a royal.
Charles met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottowa during a brief visit this week.
Another insider said: “We know what the Prince thinks about various issues, so there is no chance of putting the genie back in the bottle.” What you decide to say will be very important, but you can still be bold enough to make an impact but do it with great skill.’
Last week’s three-day Canadian tour provided the biggest sign yet of how he would carry out his duties. It was notable, for example, that she used a flight to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to make changes to a valedictory address to acknowledge the suffering of indigenous children in Anglican Residential Schools. Aides revealed that what had been planned as “a few comments” morphed into a heavily worded statement.
Charles had previously met with survivors as Canada approaches the first anniversary of the discovery of hundreds of unmarked children’s graves.
A keen environmentalist, Charles has open views on architecture, agriculture, homeopathy, and more.
His approach was welcomed, and one leader told him: ‘You must have been indigenous in another life because you understand us.’
The Prince also privately presented Dettah community chiefs with two bird boxes, handmade on his Highgrove estate, so they can track native wildlife.
A source said the Prince, who has found common ground with the Elders in his passion for the environment, has arranged to follow up with the community to see if the boxes work.
Much of this soft diplomacy is believed to continue when he becomes king, behind the scenes and away from the cameras.
Short and sweet tour that laid the groundwork for those to come
By Kate Mansey for Mail On Sunday
Royal aides kept an eye on the weather forecast as they put the finishing touches on plans for last week’s tour of Canada.
And as the wind picked up in Newfoundland, local organizers decided to move the official welcoming ceremony indoors.
However, a much more dangerous storm was brewing.
Canada has been in a state of near-national mourning after the unmarked graves of hundreds of indigenous children were discovered, a heinous legacy of abuse from residential schools run by the Anglican Church.
There were calls to the Queen, as head of the Church, to apologise. But the job fell to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
After the recent royal tour of the Caribbean, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were accused of being colonials and deaf, the stakes were high on this high-profile visit by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. And after months of debate in the Commonwealth over whether the Crown should continue to represent people thousands of miles from Britain, it was an opportunity to take stock and deliver a new message: “We’re listening.”
Even before taking off on a Royal Canadian Air Force jet from Brize Norton, Charles phoned indigenous leaders, some of whom he has known for more than 40 years. He proved that being the heir to the throne for so long has its advantages after all.
An elder of the Cree tribe knows him not as Charles, but by his spiritual name, which means: ‘The sun takes care of you in a good way.’
Landing in Newfoundland on Tuesday, there seemed to be something about him. Despite the forecast, the wind had died down, the clouds cleared and the sun was shining.
At the end of the week, Charles delivered a heartfelt speech, under even brighter sunshine, acknowledging the pain caused by the Residential Schools, something the indigenous Elders had been calling for and which had been cleverly scripted. .
Dignified and understated, the brief but sweet visit set a pattern for royal tours to come.