Prince Charles ‘ill-advised’ to take big ‘political’ position as royals risk ‘alienation’

Harry and Meghan use political action for publicity says expert

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Former advisor on UK/US relations and fellow of the Bow Group, Lee Cohen, told Express.co.uk about his concerns over members of the Royal Family venturing into politics. Mr Cohen took particular issue with Meghan contacting US senators on their private numbers to lobby them for paid parental leave, believing her use of her royal title hurt the monarchy and its political neutrality. But when challenged on other royals showing political ambitions, Mr Cohen said while they were “ill-advised” to do so because the public could be divided, some member’s motives could at least be “sincerely felt” as they appeared to come from a good place.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Cohen said: “Members of the British royal family are expected to be apolitical and not make themselves the centre of attention. Their mission is to unite, rather than divide.

“And as far as intentions being pure, it seems this may be the case for the Prince of Wales who has had lifelong passions for certain causes such as architecture or the environment.

“Prince Charles has used his position to do many exemplary things, with his Prince’s Trust being an excellent example.

“In the case of the Sussexes, they seem in my view to be drawn, like moths to the flame, to issues that will help them achieve their ends which include remaining in the spotlight.

“While the Prince of Wales may be ill-advised to take strong positions on topics that may alienate large segments of the population, at least his causes are sincerely felt rather than a means to achieve publicity.”

The Prince of Wales has been a long supporter of environmental issues before green politics came to the forefront of public debate.

More recently, Prince Charles was invited to Cop26 to deliver speeches and speak with world leaders about climate change.

But despite his staunch campaigning throughout the years, Prince Charles has been attacked with some critics questioning if a Royal Family under him will remain apolitical.

Political commentator and former Australian councillor Liz Storer attacked Prince Charles on Sky News Australia and said he was “unhinged” for calling for a “military-like” effort to tackle climate change.

She remarked: “Are we going to see the military patrolling our streets, are we going to see militia knocking on doors, have you done your recycling?”

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CEO of the Australian Republic Movement, Sandy Biar, told Express.co.uk that some Australians were growing concerned over Prince Charles’ political affairs.

He said it was not what was expected in a constitutional monarchy before revealing he has seen a “surge” in support for his group in recent years.

Mr Cohen added Prince Charles could also learn a lot from the Queen as she refrains from showing her political beliefs.

He explained: “Interestingly, people project their own political beliefs on the Queen – whatever opinions they hold, they imagine she shares.

“Take for instance her very neutral remarks when she expressed the hope that voters will “think very carefully about the future” before the Scottish independence referendum.

“She didn’t give away an opinion but all sides could relate to her remark and no one was alienated.”

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The future king has not laid out what he will do when takes the throne but he was questioned on the topic by the BBC in a documentary marking his 70th birthday.

When asked if his campaigning would continue when he becomes monarch, he replied: “No. It won’t. 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.”

Prince Harry and Meghan set up their foundation, Archewell, shortly after leaving the Royal Family which encompasses all of their media and charitable ventures.

The Duke of Sussex revealed in his interview with Oprah Winfrey that he was financially “cut off” from the Royal Family in the first quarter of 2020 and so needed to find work.

Since then, the Sussexes have signed several lucrative deals, including Spotify and Netflix, as well as releasing a children’s book and making appearances at large charity events.

But political commentators attacked Meghan after it was revealed she privately called US representatives to back paid parental leave.

The Duchess of Sussex contacted Republican Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Susan Collins on their private numbers to ask to support the move.

She said in an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin: “I don’t see this as a political issue frankly. There is a precedent among my husband’s family, the royal family, of not having any involvement in politics. From my standpoint, this is a humanitarian issue.”

Meghan was also involved in a successful campaign when she was a young girl when she managed to convince multi-national conglomerate P&G to remove a sexist advert.

Prince Harry was a patron of many charities when he was a working royal and set up the Invictus Games for wounded armed forces members.

But the Duke of Sussex drew the ire of some Conservative political commentators in the US after he branded the First Amendment “bonkers” during an appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast.

Republican Texas congressman Dan Crenshaw tweeted: “Well I just doubled the size of my Independence Day party.”

Ted Cruz also attacked the comments and wrote: “Nice that he can say that.”

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