Queen ‘concerned at Charles’ plans’

Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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The Queen is concerned about the potential style of the monarchy under her son and heir, a new biography of the Prince of Wales claims.

Unofficial biography Charles: The Heart of A King, by Time magazine journalist Catherine Mayer, suggests his activism on issues such as the environment would give rise to a “potential new model of kingship”.

In the book, serialised in The Times, she writes: “In defining his role as heir apparent, the prince has signalled a redefinition of the monarchy. Some courtiers – and the sovereign herself – fear that neither the Crown nor its subjects will tolerate the shock of the new.”

She adds that Charles told her he was concerned with issues that could affect the country long into the future.

She writes that the Prince said: “I only take on the most difficult challenges. Because I want to raise aspirations and recreate hope from hopelessness and health from deprivation.

“It’s everybody else’s grandchildren I’ve been bothering about. But the trouble is if you take that long a view, people don’t always know what you’re on about.”

In earlier excerpts printed in the paper she painted a picture of Clarence House as a household torn apart by turf wars.

She writes: “One former householder refers to Clarence House as Wolf Hall, in reference to the treacherous and opportunistic world depicted by Hilary Mantel in her fictionalised account of the rise of Thomas Cromwell under Henry VIII.”

Over the weekend, a Clarence House spokeswoman said: “This is not an official biography, therefore, we have no comment to make.”

It is understood that Ms Mayer was given no special access to write her book.

Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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