royal couplePrince Charles has never been a popular figure. First came the Princess Diana scandal, and then came his marriage to Camilla Parker-Bowles which would have been a touching love story had it not have been tainted by his scandalous behavior while still married to Princess Di, well, if not in action, certainly in thought.

Unfortunately, Prince Charles has never really been a winner. There was a point once upon a time when Prince Charles was fairly popular amongst his people but those days are long gone.  A recent poll showed a massive decline in public support in the UK for Prince Charles. It’s no surprise, really, especially if you take into account how well his son, Prince William, and daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, have been doing in establishing a modern monarchy.

How lucky for Prince Charles that the monarchy is not a democracy or he would be out with the trash because, according to popular opinion, no one wants him to be their king. I wonder if that causes tension between father and son? It’s a shame really because it seems to have taken the father and son a long time to mend the rift left between them by the days of Diana’s constant bad mouthing of Prince Charles to her son.

Queen Elizabeth would never let her son suffer the humiliation of being passed over but she could quite possibly demand that he get rid of Camilla Parker-Bowles. Prince William and Princess Kate are storybook royalty and that is what everyone wants to see in royalty. We want them to be just like us but just a little bit out of reach. 

Charles and Camilla are old, out of touch with their people and not very likable just because of their romantic history. There is no crime in being human but when people put you on a pedestal, like they do the royal family, they expect more than human emotions and marital blunders.

Who would you prefer rule the UK, Prince Charles and Camilla or Prince William and Kate?

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