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“Rebel” Prince Charles could put monarchy at risk, author says

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By ITN News Editor November 7, 2018 12:58

“Rebel” Prince Charles could put monarchy at risk, author says

Prince Charles, the “rebel” heir to the British throne, will face a battle to win over Britons and could even put the monarchy at risk if he does not temper his strong views when he eventually becomes king, a royal biographer says.
Charles, who turns 70 next week, will be the oldest monarch to be crowned when he finally succeeds his 92-year-old mother Queen Elizabeth II.
Tom Bower, whose unauthorised “Rebel Prince” biography of Charles was published earlier this year, said the prince is intelligent, kind and sensitive but also selfish, ungrateful, and a lover of luxury whose stubborn streak could risk the institution itself.
Such critical portraits of the prince are not new and especially since the public breakdown of his marriage to his late first wife Princess Diana in the 1990s, his lifestyle and views on issues such as climate change, religion, alternative medicine and architecture have often had unfavourable treatment.
Bower, whose biography was based on interviews with 120 people including those who worked closely for the royals, said the prince was committed to subjects like the environment but was someone unable to take criticism.
Former aides who have worked closely with Charles say many of the stories in Bowers book are simply not true and Charles himself even rubbished an account that he travels with his own toilet seat.
Supporters of the prince say the detractors are often those with axes to grind airing exaggerated grievances.
Bower said Charles had rebelled against his parents and expectations, saying the demise of his relationship with Diana and the romance with his second wife Camilla was part of that rebellion.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 7, 2018 12:58
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