After decades of lobbying with politicians and lobbyists about his favorite causes, from urban planning, architecture, alternative medicine, the environment and organic farming techniques, Prince Carlos affirms that "he is not stupid" and understands the need not to be political when it rises. throne. For years, there has been concern over the fact that Prince Charles would try to influence political and public decision making, unlike his mother, Queen Elizabeth, 92, who is scrupulously apolitical. In "Charles, Prince of Wales," author Anthony Holden describes how Charles felt about democracy.
The Prince said he was "concerned about the fact that today's voters tend to go for a particular party and not for the individual candidate, because they vote for the politics of a party."
He thought it was "wrong for a conservative candidate below normal to win the votes simply because he respected the party's line against nationalism or the abolition of public school."
Prince Charles made a joke to Parliament during his trip to Bermuda for the 350th anniversary of the Parliament of the island.
Charles joked: "Considering that I am the first Charles to have anything to do with Parliament for 350 years, I could have become unpleasant and dissolving."
Such interventions in matters of public debate have aroused concern for those who believe that royalty should not be involved in such matters.
The Prince of Wales has created his own role as a real activist and entrepreneur. His organization, The Prince & # 39; s Charities, is the UK's largest multi-cause charity, and was one of the first promoters of corporate social responsibility.
Unlike the Queen, Prince Charles has been outspoken on issues from London architecture to nanotechnology. He has been a decorative figure to bring together world leaders to tackle climate change and a stubborn opponent of GM crops.
Although there are no formal rules about what royals can or can not say in public, an unwritten assumption is that they can not meddle in partisan politics.
The ministers of the last Labor government have said that they tried to influence politics on topics such as grammar schools and homeopathic medicine.
There is also the ongoing legal saga about the so-called "black spider" memos, a collection of letters he wrote to government ministers.
Many sympathize with Prince Charles's involvement in politics so far. As one former minister says, "if you're waiting to be king … and you've waited a long time, you really have to get involved in something or you'll be free."
However, others say that a king who cares about his country should make his opinions heard. If Prince Charles becomes king, he has a duty to express his views if he wants to remain relevant to society.