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14 July 2005

The Prince of Wales writes ...

The heir to the British throne, Charles, Prince of Wales, did something pretty special today.

Through the pages of the UK tabloid The Daily Mirror, he communicated to us all in a very special way; as a contributing newspaper writer.

Surely, any editor anywhere in the world would have freely given his eye-teeth and much more, to have found himself in the enviable position of being able to print an article -- with a by-line like this.

14 July 2005



Whether one loves the man or loathes him, whether one is a royalist or a republican, it has to be admitted that today 'the boy done good'.

Here's an example of both what he had to say, and how he chose to say it.

The events of the past week have shocked everyone in the United Kingdom. At noon today, when the country stops for two minutes silence, we have a chance to remember and reflect.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with those caught up in these terrible events, and we will recall with gratitude the wonderful work of the emergency services. The way in which London has coped in the past week is, I think, a cause for real national pride.

And in the interests of fairness and balance, he went on to write as follows.

As I understand it, Islam preaches humanity, tolerance and a sense of community, as do Christianity, Judaism and all the great faiths. It is for this reason that so many Muslims have been quick to condemn these and other atrocities.

They are right to say these acts have nothing to do with any true faith. Those who claim to have murdered in the name of Islam have no care for the lives they have so brutally destroyed.

Well said, sir, say I. The whole tone of that carefully thought out and well written piece, was just right.

As witness this further excerpt.

Britain has the proudest tradition of accommodating new communities. Over recent centuries we have seen how, first Protestants, then Jews, then Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus, have enhanced not just the towns and cities where they have settled, but the whole of society.

So many millions of words have already been written about the awful events of 7/7 by so many people in so many different places, that This Old Brit - for once - feels genuinely inclined not to compete for anyone's attention today. Let's leave it all to Prince Charles.

The fact is that Mr Windsor appears to have made a fine job already, of expressing what I and so many others feel and think. And I very much doubt that any of us could have aired and shared in any better way. Certainly, nobody else could have done so - as officially and as authoritatively.

So for now it's goodbye from me, and straight on over to him.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A fine piece indeed, Richard ... didn't know Chuck had it in him!

He just might make a good king yet.

2:07 am  
Blogger Richard said...

A better one than Blair, Mark. By a damned long way, too.

2:29 am  
Blogger Administrator said...

I was wondering when the royal family would speak. I hadn't seen a statement from the Queen, but I don't study the news like I used to.

Interesting that Prince Charles is the spokesperson. Do you think Elizabeth will ever step aside?

Compare this to the idiot who told America to go shopping.

Makes me want to cry.

Of course W isn't interested in being a leader, just a rape artist on behalf of his "base".

I think Prince Charles is OK. Definitely has his head on straight re the environment. What must the Windsors think about Tony and W! Blair miscalculated so badly. Where he might have taken the sane, high road and as a result secured a spot in history's plus column, he chose badly and followed Skull & Bones to the dark side.

I suppose it's easy to make well-measured pronouncements from Charles' perch, but the level of public discourse regarding terrorism has been so militant and debased, I cheer Charles' entry on the subject. No Bully Boy, with us or against us, dead or alive swaggering, just a grown-up, eloquent assessment of the situation.

2:32 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, very nice, and I'm sure the Muslim population appreciated it.

3:28 am  
Blogger noel adamson said...

"Compare this to the idiot who told America to go shopping."

"When the going gets tough the tough go shopping" Thas farum tha Baible ain't it?

Having the humility to reach out to the Muslim community and ask their help is heart warming at a time when ignorance and it's accompanying prejudice hold sway over us.
Coming from Prince Charles it may also make it into the supermarket check stand papers and magazines where it will reach Bush's base. If only Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston would suggest trying BushCo and Blair Very Ltd. for treason and crimes against humanity... Maybe then the rest of the earth's population might let us live.

10:26 am  
Blogger Richard said...


The Queen has made some public statements, though they've been much more confined to expressions of sympathy for the 'sufferers' and salutations and thanks to all the 'helpers'.

As you say, Blair did choose badly. If thr truth were told I'm sure he rues the day he naively offered Bush the 'open cheque' he did @ day one. Of course, he can't turn back the clock, now.

10:47 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Harper, they do. It was so noticeable [and heart warming] to see so many ordinary, decent Muslim men, women and children stood shoulder to shoulder with us all - as all across Europe the public stood in the streets, with bowed heads, as two minutes silence were observed.

10:50 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Here's an interesting aside on Charles, Noel.

One of the Brish Monarchs ancient [and many] titles is Defender of the Faith. All british coins carry the legend "Fid. Def." - the latin abreviation.

For everal years, Charles has made it known that if and when he does become the King, he intends to alter that title - from the singular to the plural. He intends to make it Defender of the FaithS

10:56 am  
Blogger JulieDee said...

WOW!n Who'd a thunk it Richard! Prince Chuckles certainly HAS become a true world leader. Too bad he's but a figurehead.

7:27 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Charles can fix everything by renouncing the throne. Ditto his sons.

Royalty are merely ruling class leaches who managed to hang on for a long time. We used to fight them. Still don't like them.

7:36 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Right, Juliedee.

And we all need figureheads -- like we need holes in our heads.

10:53 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Interestingly, Elaine, about 12 to 18 months ago Prince William was reported as having said he wasn't interested in becoming King. And that he'd prefer to 'dissapear' and to go and live out his life ... in .... America.

Make what you will, of that.

10:56 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Figureheads have ONE place where they have a true purpose... on the prow of a Great Ship of the Line. And we need a Royal here like we need ANOTHER prick named Willy!

10:50 pm  

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