posted on Jul, 3 2007 @ 12:03 PM
There is no doubt that the Queen does discuss politics with the PM during the weekly audience, this has been coverd in numerous political memoirs but
the important thing is that she does it privately. (Charles has also expressed his views to Tony Blair in writing and those letters have been leaked
in the past).
To be fair to Charles he is in an impossible position and one that has not really been faced by any other heir to the throne in that he has no job and
yet is a very public figure in a world which is now almost entirely driven by the media. In the past an heir could simply tour the race tracks and
casinos of the world without being expected to offer any insight into world or domestic politics whilst poor old Charles has deeply held convictions
about a wide range of subjects which, in theory, he should not express any opinion on. Just to add to his woes he is in the media spotlight more
than any previous heir has ever been and has had to endure that position for a very long time.
Does his wife make a difference? Well, if you accept that the institution makes a difference at all then I suppose you have to accept that the wife
of the Monarch will also make a difference. After all, they presumably do discuss things and she will influence Charles to some extent. The
politicians of the 1930s certainly believed it mattered, hence the abdication of Edward VIII but our political masters have decided that in these more
enlightened times we are entitled to expect Camilla as our King's consort. Lucky old us.
The problem with William is that we know next to nothing about him. It's easy to look upon him as the clean cut nice young man but he has been
hidden from the media for most of his life and we have no real inkling about his politics or even his attitude to the Monarchy itself. I am old
enough to recall the days when Charles was a bright young thing and would frolic on the odd beach with any nubile young lady who could thrust herself
upon him so I'm not sure that simply knowing how to enjoy himself is much of a qualification. It was only as the years went by and the spongy brain
set in that we recognised him for the old duffer that he appears to be now.
The problem is that society is changing at a terrifying pace and the institution of the Monarchy simply cannot keep up and maintain its constitutional
position at the same time.
Finally, can I add that I know we are all a bit gooey about Diana again because of the concert and all that slushy stuff but William was a young boy
when she died and I fail to see how she could be expected to influence his attitude as a Monarch. However, if it was possible would it be too
cynical to suggest that we would have a King which who would treat the media as his personal plaything whilst being serially unfaithful to his wife
before setting off around the world to bed anything that moved and owned a large yacht or had captained the England rugby team?
I think I'd rather have dear old Charles.
[edit on 3-7-2007 by timeless test]