Prince Charles to struggle with key issue as he becomes ‘de facto leader’ of monarchy

Prince Charles is 'de facto deputy monarch’ says expert

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Prince Charles will no longer have the time to examine the “granular” details of events and organisations once he ascends to the throne, a royal expert has claimed. According to Richard Kay, Prince Charles has always “prided” himself on his meticulous research, but will need to adapt as monarch. In recent years, the future king has taken on more responsibility from the Queen, and is currently taking centre stage at the COP26 climate summit. 

Speaking on True Royalty TV, Richard Kay said: “Well I think he’s much more of a details man than his mother, I mean when you’re monarch you just haven’t got the time to go into some of the granular stuff that the Prince of Wales has rather prided himself on over the years.

“I think he’s going to find that increasingly harder because he is the de facto deputy monarch if you like.”

Prince Charles is currently royal Patron or President of over 400 organisations and charities and is considered one of the busiest members of the Royal Family. 

His charity work often focuses on the environment and climate change, as well as alternative medicine, architecture and agriculture. 

He has taken on a more high-profile role within the Royal Family in recent years, particularly following the retirement of his late father, Prince Philip, in 2017. 

Since 2016, he has accompanied the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament as her Official Consort, and took on a number of the Duke’s military appointments and patronages. 

He has also played a leading role in crisis meetings such as the ‘Sandringham Summit’, which discussed the Megxit departure of Prince Harry and Meghan from the Royal Family. 

With the Queen currently resting at Windsor Castle, the 72-year-old prince is leading the British royals at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. 

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Whilst Her Majesty was due to attend an evening reception on November 1, she became ill last month and spent an evening in hospital undergoing “preliminary investigations”.

Following advice from her doctors, the 95-year-old monarch “regretfully” cancelled her trip and recorded a video message to be played instead. 

Meanwhile, Charles has conducted a number of engagements across the week with world leaders, which included individual meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison amongst others. 

He gave a speech during the opening ceremony where he branded the summit a “last-chance saloon” and urged leaders to unite together to take decisive action on the climate crisis. 


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Last night, he appeared with Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio and designer Stella McCartney for a fashion exhibition, where the clothing was made out of recycled and sustainable materials. 

In a touching moment, US President Joe Biden also told the future king “We need you badly, and I’m not just saying that”, in a reference to the prince’s long-standing work with the environment. 

Charles has been joined at the summit by his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, and his eldest son and daughter-in-law, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Once he ascends to the throne, the Duke of Cambridge will fall first in the line of succession, followed by his eldest son, eight-year-old Prince George. 

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