Join Date: Dec 2007
Originally Posted by Dutches
Charles was being skipped waaaay before this wedding even came into existence. His ideas for "changing the face of the monarchy" were, and still are, extremely unpopular. Plus he looks like Dumbo and Bozo the clown had a love child. William is the next King, Charles isn't going anywhere near that crown.
i wouldn't be so quick to say that. there isn't much historical precedent for skipping a generation, and charles has spent his whole life cultivating the connections needed to be king. he also has a lot of sway with the 'way ahead' group.
while there has been an interest from teh public in skipping a generation, that does not necessarily mean that the royals have any intent to actually do it.
this is an interesting article:
Britain's crisis of succession: Charles and the story behind the royal wedding - The Globe and Mail
British papers, and even some parliamentarians, began to discuss openly something that only had been whispered before: the possibility, constitutionally feasible but rare in practice, of “skipping” Charles and passing the line of succession to William. Behind this speculation lay a mounting fear that Charles’s tenure on the throne could ruin the institution unless something dramatic were done.
The Windsors’ committee, the Way Ahead Group, was launched in 1994 by the Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Airlie, and it includes the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and their private secretaries, as well as Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward.
Its mandate revolves around constitutional issues surrounding the monarchy, such as the question of royal marriages to Roman Catholics or the end of precedence for male heirs (both, ultimately, parliamentary subjects), says Katie Nicholl, a London-based Royal Family expert with contacts within the committee.
But increasingly, she says, it has become obsessed with the larger question of the monarchy’s survival after Elizabeth II’s death.
And by the end of 2009, Charles was becoming a serious threat to that future: Even as he was touring Canada, the London media were revealing that in the previous decade he had become a compulsively outspoken political actor, lobbying more than a dozen British cabinet ministers, including the Prime Minister, with his infamous “black-spider letters” – so-called because of his distinctive penmanship and his persistence – at least fortnightly, demanding meetings and seeking changes to legislation.
His role as a political lobbyist and owner of a $50-million-a-year business empire was eclipsing his role as a future monarch. And there was increasing evidence that he intended to maintain and even amplify it.
“We can’t underestimate Charles’s belief in himself,” said Graham Smith, the head of the anti-monarchist group Republic. “He has a genuine messianic complex. He’s been on a lifelong mission to reshape the country in his image.” In this, Mr. Smith says, the republican cause has received its brightest gift: a potential monarch who doesn’t shake hands and fade into the background, one who gets in the way.
When the Way Ahead Group met in the summer of 2009, chaired by Prince Philip, the core question was how to prevent the monarchy from fading into irrelevance or distrust, and keep it revered and respected in the eyes of a new generation. Charles, according to witnesses, dismissed this talk as “impertinent,” and tried to steer the agenda, as he generally does at such meetings, into ecological politics.
But by year’s end it was apparent to everyone – except perhaps Charles – that the monarchy was facing a larger threat, from a hostile Parliament and an indifferent public, after the Queen’s demise, unless its elite was able to shift the playing field by doing something dramatic. And then, in the late months of 2010, something dramatic materialized – or, rather, something pleasantly ordinary, involving a grandson and a pretty girl, that could be engineered into something more.