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‘It causes alarm!’ Prince Charles ‘has a mountain to climb’ as he prepares to become king
November 25, 2021
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Prince Charles is facing challenges as he prepares to succeed his mother the Queen on the throne, according to royal expert Andrew Morton. The royal author, who penned the biography Diana: In Her Own Words with the help of the late Princess of Wales, sees as concerning the prince’s low popularity among Britons.
He told Newsweek: “Everyone focuses on Meghan and Harry but they’re looking in the wrong direction.
“They should be focusing on Prince Charles because he has got a mountain to climb.
“Prince Charles, our future head of state, future king in the very near future, is only polling in the low 30s and low 40s.
“For me it causes alarm.”
Prince Charles is the heir to the throne (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles is the sixth most popular member of the Firm, according to a YouGov poll (Image: GETTY)
Mr Morton doesn’t explain which poll he references, but the running popularity survey by YouGov shows the Prince of Wales is liked by less than half of UK adults.
Data gathered in the third quarter of 2021 through interviews with 1405 British adults show 45 percent of those polled spoke in favour of the Prince of Wales.
The royal is liked the most by older people, with 54 percent of Baby Boomers saying they like him against 45 percent of members of Generation X and 33 percent of Millennials.
As a result, Charles currently is only the sixth most popular member of the Firm, after the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne.
The Queen acceded to the throne in 1952 (Image: GETTY)
Among other possible challenges faced by the future King, there could also be the loss of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as working royals in an ageing Firm and their fractured relationship with the rest of the family.
However, Prince Charles is also being recognised worldwide by many for having built over the past five decades solid environmental credentials through his campaigning, interests and work.
In February 1970, he delivered his first major speech focused on his concerns for the environment – from deforestation to plastic pollution.
Over the years, he developed initiatives and promoted organic and sustainable farming.
The Queen stopped carrying out tours abroad in 2015 (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles led the royal charm offensive at COP26 (Image: GETTY)
Earlier this year, he launched the Sustainable Markets Initiative, a charter gathering business leaders willing to put at the core of their work sustainability.
Prince Charles’ pulling power was demonstrated earlier this month, when Glasgow hosted the UN climate change summit COP26.
The Prince of Wales received a mark of approval even by US President Joe Biden who, during a meeting on the sidelines of the summit, was filmed praising the royal for his tireless work in tackling climate change.
In the clip, Prince Charles joked: “You have got enough people without me.”
The line of succession to the throne (Image: EXPRESS)
To which Mr Biden replied while shaking the prince’s hand: “No no no, by the way, we need you badly, I am not just saying.”
The US President then credited the royal for his work in bringing together world leaders in Glasgow, saying: “The whole thing going, that’s how it all started”.
Prince Charles became the heir apparent when he was just a toddler following the death of his grandfather King George VI in 1952, but his investiture as Prince of Wales took place in 1969.
In recent years, the prince has taken on a growing amount of duties to support his ageing mother.
Prince Charles during a royal engagement (Image: GETTY)
Since 2015, he has been carrying out, alongside other senior royals, tours abroad after the Queen decided to no longer embark on long-haul flights.
Since 2017, he has been leading the UK in remembering the fallen during the National Service of Remembrance, when he now lays a wreath of red poppies on behalf of the Queen.
Most recently, he has ramped up his support to the Queen as the monarch has been ordered by his doctors to rest and abstain for a while to carry out duties outside the palace’s walls.