King Charles has ‘big challenge’ to be impartial says Walker
The King is backed by almost four in 10 Britons to speak out on political issues, polling shows. The survey by BMG found the public is largely split on the issue of whether Charles should remain politically neutral or speak out.
In the poll for the i newspaper, some 46 percent said the monarch should keep his political opinions to himself.
But 38 percent said Charles should speak up about burning issues despite being the head of state.
In the past, the royal has drawn accusations of political interference and meddling in areas including the environment and architecture.
But in a BBC interview in 2018, the then Prince of Wales sought to quash fears he would continue to stray into politics when he takes to the throne.
He said: “I’ve tried to make sure whatever I’ve done has been non-party political.
“But I think it’s vital to remember there’s only room for one sovereign at a time, not two, so you can’t be the same as the sovereign if you’re the Prince of Wales or the heir.
“But the idea somehow that I’m going to go on in exactly the same way if I have to succeed is complete nonsense, because the two, the two situations are completely different.
“Clearly, I won’t be able to do the same things I’ve done, you know, as heir so of course you operate within the constitutional parameters.”
He added: “I’m not that stupid, I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign.
“So of course, you know I understand entirely how that should operate.”
Asked if he could continue, as King, to use his “convening power”, Charles said: “Well, you never know.
“But you could only do it with the agreement of ministers. That’s how it works.”
If Charles did speak out on political matters as King, the approach would be in stark contrast to the late Queen who was known for her neutrality.
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