Prince Charles has now officially been the Prince of Wales for half a century. He received the title, which is traditionally given to the eldest son of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, in 1958 via letters patent, but his formal investiture would not take place until 1969. In 2015 YouTube documentary, titled, “The Madness of Prince Charles”, it was stated that after the Royal Navy, Charles “never had a full-time job again other than being the Prince of Wales”.
The narrator sensationally said: “And no one really knows what that job means.”
During his public appearances, Charles would show off his “self-deflating” humour by cracking jokes and dancing with residents.
The narrator added: “But often the clown is only a mask. Behind the mask there’s a hunger to be serious.”
The main part of The Prince of Wales’ role as heir to the throne is to support Her Majesty The Queen as the focal point for national pride, unity and allegiance, according to the Prince of Wales’ website.
Charles has faced criticism for decades over his campaigning on issues such as GM crops, architecture, integrated medicine, and climate change.
His outspoken opinions on such subjects has raised questions over whether he would be able to uphold the strict policy of political neutrality expected of British monarchs when his mother, the Queen, passes away.
Jeremy Paxman wrote in his 2005 book, titled, “On Royalty”, that “the Prince has consistently misunderstood or ignored a basic truth at the heart of the relationship between royalty and the people”.
Royal writer Max Hastings wrote in a 2010 MailOnline article that “he [Charles] seems oblivious to the tension between his grand vision about how others should live and his personal financial profligacy”.
He added: “His enthusiasm for using helicopters and keeping every light blazing in Clarence House at all hours.
“He is not a bad man, but I think he is a very dangerous one for the monarchy, if allowed to ascend the throne.”
Speaking in detail about his future role as head of state in a BBC documentary about his 70th birthday in 2018, the Prince was asked whether his public campaigning will go on.
Prince Charles said: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid. I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign.
“So of course I understand entirely how that should operate.”