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Prince Charles has taken the lead as his mother, Queen Elizabeth, delegates more responsibility to her eldest son and heir.
The Platinum Jubilee marks 70 years of the reigning British monarch on the throne. And while the 96-year-old has shown no signs of resigning, the Prince of Wales has taken on more royal duties in preparation for what would be the biggest role of his life.
Last month, the 73-year-old presided over the official opening of Parliament, one of the monarch’s most important duties. True Royal TV co-founder Nick Bullen, who has worked closely with Charles for around a decade, told Fox News Digital that the prince is in no rush to become king.
“[Charles] is the oldest Prince of Wales in history,” Bullen said. “And it’s a job he’s been preparing for all his life. But I filmed it, and we have documentaries on True Royalty TV where he says this, that it’s not something he wants because it’s a weird mix of wanting the top job. To be king is to wish your mother dead. Nobody will want that.”
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“He’s really thrown himself into the work and is ready to be king when the time comes,” Bullen explained. “But it’s not something he’s counting days for.”
Bullen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has been making programs about the British Royal Family for 20 years. To celebrate the platinum jubilee, the subscription video-on-demand service is highlighting a new special titled ‘Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee: The Collection’, as well as six documentaries featuring historical footage and interviews from the Queen’s reign. .
Bullen noted that Charles enjoyed playing his part as the future king as he took on more responsibility to support his mother.
“He’s 73 and has been preparing his whole life,” Bullen said. “Finally, taking on part of this role has been great for Charles. He appreciates that. And he loves doing the heavy lifting for his mother. He certainly wants it to be as easy as possible for his mother, like any child, so there’s a lot of feelings around that. But he’s certainly in no rush to become king.
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There’s a question Charles asked himself, a question that’s on the minds of many in the royal family: what will the future of the monarchy look like?
“The queen is alive and well, but you can feel this shift happening,” Bullen said. “There is an evolution going on. What’s really fascinating is that the Queen, who has an incredible 70-year reign, was hardly wrong. She is revered around the world as a stateswoman, as a world leader. The Prince of Wales will step into that role. The big challenge he will face is making sure he can always make the monarchy feel relevant.
“He will potentially be older when he wins the crown,” Bullen explained. “The biggest challenge he will face is to make this institution relevant to young audiences, in particular.”
It took many Britons years to forgive Charles, whose admitted infidelity and longstanding ties to Camilla, 74, torpedoed his relationship with Diana, known as ‘the people’s princess’ to her ability to connect with audiences in a way that her husband never could. .
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The glamorous young mother of Prince William and Prince Harry died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, five years after her split from Charles. She was 36 years old. Charles has spent the past three decades trying to navigate the fallout from the messy breakdown of his marriage to the wildly popular princess.
But the public mood has softened since Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
Now known as the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla has taken on roles in over 100 charities, focusing on promoting literacy, supporting victims of domestic abuse, helping the elderly and others. problems.
With a down-to-earth style and a sense of humor, she ended up seducing more than one. Its warmth softened Charles’ sweltering image and made him look more relaxed, if not happier, as he cut ribbons, unveiled plaques and performed the often mundane tasks of royal duty.
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Earlier this year, the Queen sought to bolster the couple’s position by expressing her “sincere wish” that Camilla would be known as the “Queen Consort” when Charles becomes king. Elizabeth’s words dismissed arguments that the relationship’s history should relegate Camilla to a lower status, turning her from house wrecker to bride-to-be with the stroke of a pen.
It was Camilla who accompanied her husband as he presided over the opening of Parliament and delivered the Queen’s Speech, setting out the government’s legislative programme. And as Charles becomes the increasingly public face of the monarchy, the public can expect to see the Duchess by his side.
Because Charles has been waiting in the wings for so long, his passions are well known.
The prince began campaigning for environmental causes long before they became mainstream concerns. He has been accused of meddling in politics, something the monarch is forbidden from, by speaking out on property developments he opposed and other issues.
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On a recent trip to Canada, he delved into a very charged issue, acknowledging the “pain and suffering” endured by Indigenous communities who had children abducted and abused in state-sponsored residential schools.
But for now, as the Queen continues to deliver on her lifelong promise to serve Britain and the Commonwealth, Charles has acknowledged he can be a little less stuffy in public – even more approachable. Nowhere is this more evident than in a special jubilee appearance on a soap opera.
Charles and Camilla will surprise residents at a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the long-running BBC show ‘EastEnders’. In a clip shown after a recent episode, revelers are told: ‘You have to see this mystery guest’ – before the royal couple pull up in a car next to The Queen Vic pub.
This may be a possible sign of things to come for the House of Windsor.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.