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COMMENT: King Charles and a modern Monarchy might just be what Britain needs

BRITAIN is facing a massive amount of change right now. A cost of living crisis, soaring energy bills and social issues linked to poverty, crime and inner city decline. Our planet is plagued by over consumption and pollution and a monarch who provided much needed stability for over seventy years is gone, but Britain shouldn’t fear, we have a new leader who actually gets it that is now here. 

You’ll never guess who foresaw the issues facing Britain and the western world over forty years ago? The man who is now King. 

I won’t lie, I’ve had mixed views on the system of Monarchy in the past and know many people in Britain feel the same way, but what I’ve learnt from my research is that a new Monarchy with King Charles III has the opportunity to be a real benefit to the people of the United Kingdom and not a hindrance. 

It’s all too easy to see the solution to Britain’s problems in the abolition of the Monarchy – but isn’t it time we had a grown up debate about this instead of the usual screaming anti-Monarchy madness from the green haired extremists who seek to divide Britain? 

I’ve been having this debate over the last few months, and I decided to quietly learn about our new monarch and I found a man who might actually be a positive, visionary and truly inspiring leader of the U.K. 

King Charles is a man who has consistently backed the little people. He’s a man who has defied the odds of needing to be impartial – and has risked it all to help people in need

Charles is a fighter and he hates the stuffy Royal protocol, he has a great sense of humour and really enjoys engagement with the public – he’s had to fight to be the monarch he is expected to be today, becoming the first member of the Royal Family to go to University and a royal source claimed to Politicalite that King Charles “has a great intellect unlike the other royal family members.” 

According to The New York Times, In 1988 Prince Charles said: “I’ve had to fight every inch of my life to escape royal protocol,”

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”I’ve had to fight to go to university. I’ve had to fight to have any sort of role as Prince of Wales.”

He also hit back at advice to simply “play his role” and vowed to have an active role in changing people’s lives for the better. 

“You’re suggesting that I go back and play polo. I wasn’t trained to do that. I have been brought up to have an active role. I am determined not to be confined to cutting ribbons.” said Prince Charles. 

Republican detractors and critics of former Prince Charles in the past have laughed politely at his eccentric views on the environment and the revelation that he “talked to his plants” they even attacked his plan for the Prince’sTrust and claimed “it would never work”, but it did, and Charles has been a visionary on the green issue. 

For decades, Prince Charles developed the philosophy of harmony and making a difference – it’s why he set up The Princes Trust in the 1970s with his Royal Navy severance pay of £8,000 – (around £100,000 in 2022) using his own money, not the Government’s nor his mother’s.

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Without The Prince’s Trust – Politicalite wouldn’t be here today. A working-class news outlet from “up North” was born thanks to business training and mentoring from the Trust – who gave me the confidence and skills to start a media business after leaving University to make the British media more diverse and break down class barriers and boundaries in the news industry. 

It was Prince Charles’s visionary charity has also helped countless other young people, The Prince’s Trust has supported more than 1,000,000 young people to date and has taken millions out of poverty, crime and drugs. He believes in giving people a push up – rather than a life of handouts that lead to deprived people on a path to crime.

He’s also a passionate campaigner on social issues such as poverty, housing, deprivation, social and working conditions that he’s been accused of “meddling in” – but he’s proud of it.

“If it’s meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago, then if that’s meddling I’m proud of it,” King Charles said.

PRINCE WE CAN TRUST

During the 1980s, the Prince sometimes appeared at odds with the Conservative Government for highlighting social conditions and deprivation. But instead of just talking about it, Charles has acted on it period – his actions speak louder than any politicians words.  

When he visited an East End sweat-shop staffed by Asians in 1987, he hit out at the conditions and said “It really is not acceptable, All we are managing to do is replicate some of the conditions these people have left behind.”

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He also warned about the “worsening state” of Britain’s inner cities in the 1970s – sparking the process of widespread regeneration and change for the better, though there is still much to be done.

He said: “How is it possible that people are able to live in such inhumane conditions” when speaking about poverty in towns and cities across the UK.

Journalist and a friend of the King, Jonathan Dimbleby revealed in his “biographical” ITV series aired this week ‘The Monarch and The Man’ that the Prince was deeply angered and frustrated at the levels of poverty in the UK, its inner cities and he decided that “something had to be done” and that “he would do it”.

In the early 1980s Charles also saw that the UK was struggling with record levels of unemployment and inflation; and could see that young people were being left behind so he started to fund a number of community initiatives. 

Twenty-one pilot projects were set up around the country. Grants were given to a 19-year old woman to run a social centre for the Haggerston Housing Estate in East London and for two ex-offenders to run a fishing club.

Funds hired swimming baths in Cornwall to train young life guards and for a self-help bicycle repair scheme.

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These early initiatives were the founding projects of The Prince’s Trust and by the 1980s when unemployment was hitting three million, it was Prince Charles who gave opportunity to youths in left behind areas such as Brixton, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool.

“Too many young people felt they had no stake in society.” the Prince said.

So he started the Enterprise Programme in 1983 and within three years 1,000 young people were supported to start a business.

If this is meddling, then I hope there is more of it. This man is a monarch who cares, who feels and who has the potential change Britain for the better.

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His address to the nation last week proved that too, he said he would rule with “loyalty, respect and love” – this is a clear sign we are in for a new kind of modern Monarchy.  

A monarchy that has all the hallmarks of Princess Diana’s caring legacy, and the proof in the pudding that Charles can – and has already improved the lives of Brits. 

Does Monarchy need to be a voice for the people it represents? Yes, and we finally have a modern monarch who gets it.

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