Queen Elizabeth has always been a favorite of the people, falling a little short last year to Meghan Markle, but still ranking high on the royal popularity list. Meanwhile, her son, the future King of England falls somewhere at the bottom of that list.
Prince Charles has always lacked the love and support of his people, although it is not exactly clear why. Some feel that it started when his marriage to Princess Diana failed or when he chose to marry Camilla, the woman he’d had an affair with.
Regardless of why, a recent survey conducted by Britain’s Independent showed that as much as 46% of the public thinks that Charles should pass the crown to his eldest son, Prince William. Since Charles is past the age of retirement and has not always been thrilled about the prospect of being King, passing the crown may be a realistic option.
Prince Charles is still unabashedly in love with wife Camila. Social media video showed him working a rope line of well-wishers, when one woman shouted “You have a wonderful wife.”
The King-to-be beamed and said he “couldn’t agree more.”
Prince Charles has some unusual new friends. The heir to the throne has been spending his time with some red squirrels that scamper about on his property in Scotland. He has given them cute little names and allows them to frolic around in his home. Prince William told Country Life magazine that his dad is “completely infatuated by the red squirrels” and he even leaves jackets laying around with nuts in the pockets for his furry friends to snack on. The 70-year-old is clearly living his best life.
Despite previous reports of a tumultuous relationship, Prince William and Prince Harry would like to see more of their father. The royal brothers, who both appeared in a documentary about Prince Charles, said that they would like their father to spend more time at home, especially as he is getting older. William, 36, said that he would like his dad to “have more time with the children,” referring to his kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Even Charles’ wife, Duchess Camilla Parker-Bowles, agreed that that her royal husband should cut back a bit and that he is a “great grandfather when he’s around.” The Duchess is referring to the 69-year-old’s relationship with her four grandkids from her previous marriage. Charles, the heir to the throne, will turn 70 on November 14th.
In a documentary about Prince Charles, his sons opened up about their dad’s passion for cleaning up the planet. Prince William and Prince Harry shared a funny story about how they got teased at school for “picking up rubbish,” something instilled in them by their royal father. Harry said, “I didn’t go out consciously looking for it, but when you go for walks anywhere and you see something and it stands out, you pick it up.” William added that Charles would take the young boys “litter picking” and how they grew up thinking it was “perfectly normal, everyone must do it.”
Prince Charles was snubbed by his son, Prince William and daughter-in-law, Duchess Kate. The heir to the throne reportedly invited the couple to join him on a summer holiday to the Castle of Mey in Scotland, but they declined. While Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were up for the trip, it is unclear why the other royals said no. According to a story by the Daily Beast–written earlier this summer–a royal source claimed that William just doesn’t “get on” with his father and they “are very different people.” While Kensington Palace denied the legitimacy of the story, maybe there is some truth to it.
Prince Charles may be the most pampered person ever. In a documentary “Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm,” the future King of England has everything done for him…EVERYTHING. According to Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell who was interviewed for the documentary, the pampered prince has his pajamas pressed every morning, his shoe laces pressed flat with an iron, and one inch of toothpaste is the exact amount that must be squeezed on his toothbrush. The 69-year-old probably even has someone assigned to wipe his Royal Derriere.
Meghan Markle is being scolded for a lack of royal etiquette. The Duchess has a habit of putting her hands in her pockets, which is apparently “too casual” and “a step too far” according to a royal etiquette expert. However, body language expert Judi James told OK! that the common gesture “signals a subliminal desire to hide, especially when the hands are shoved deep into the pockets.” Judi added that Prince Charles, Prince Harry and even Prince George have been photographed hiding their hands, but Meghan is notable because she is the first royal woman to do it regularly.
In a biography about Prince Charles, being written by royal correspondent Robert Jobson, the royal revealed that he had second thoughts about his marriage to Lady Diana. Princess Diana shared, in her own explosive interviews, that she had wanted to back out of the marriage, as the duo had only met 12 times before getting engaged. Charles is now saying the feeling was mutual, but he felt that calling off the nuptials “would have been cataclysmic.” Robert wrote in the biography that Charles “wept tears of frustration” as he told friends that he did not want to marry Diana. Not ending the engagement is something he “deeply regrets to this day.” The couple ended up divorcing in 1996 and Princess Diana died a year later.
Kate Middleton paid tribute to Princess Diana at a state dinner on Tuesday night. The Duchess wore one of Diana’s tiaras—the Lover’s Knot—at the event she attended with Prince William. Kate, who has worn this tiara to other royal functions, added pearl earrings that also belonged to the late Princess Di. People reports that the Lover’s Knot tiara is over 100-years-old and belongs to Queen Elizabeth, but originally was made for Queen Mary in 1914. Diana was gifted the tiara when she married Prince Charles and returned the crown to the Queen when the two separated.