King Charles 'riding the wave of public sympathy' says expert
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As the eldest son of the late Queen Elizabeth II, Charles has been in the running for the role of monarch since the age of four. Speaking on the latest episode of The Royal Beat, royal expert Katie Nicholl said she believes Charles will be “getting to work very fast”.
Speaking of the new king, Ms Nicholl said: “He’s very aware that this is an age where there isn’t that deference to the Royal Family.
“They have to justify who they are, and what they do, and actually why we, the British taxpayer, funds them.”
Host Kate Thornton said: “I think he’s always quite thrived on that, that accountability.
Ms Nicholl, as well as the show’s two other guest royal expert Ingrid Seward and the Daily Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers, agreed.
Ms Nicholl said: “I think so”, although adding that she doesn’t believe it’s going to be a “smooth path”.
Describing it as a current “honeymoon period”, she said: “He’s riding the wave of the public sympathy.
“He’s had a phenomenal reception”.
She spoke of the repeption that he experienced when he came back from Balmoral, following the Queen’s death.
She said: “No-one know which way the crowds were going to go, it was silence until he pulled up then suddenly, everyone cheered and applauded”.
She added that “people are going to what to know what’s next” and be asking questions.
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Ms Nicholl also added: “I think he will base himself at Buckingham Palace, but he’s not going to take over the whole palace.
“More of it is going to be opened up.”
On September 19, at the late Queen’s state funeral, Charles appeared emotional, as he stood front row facing his late mother’s coffin, whilst the attendees at Westminster Abbey sang along to God Save The King.
Charles, who was standing to his wife, Camilla, the new Queen Consort, listened on, another stark reminder of the loss of his beloved mother.
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Prince George and Princess Charlotte, two of King Charles’ five grandchildren, joined the elder members of the Royal Family at the state funeral.
The two young royals, the youngest in attendance, sat alongside their parents, the newly-appointed Prince and Princess of Wales.
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