Prince Charles: Royal Activist?

Posted: May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

A Venerable Puzzle

BBC Radio 4 has aired an interesting program to mark the 45th anniversary of Prince Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales. Entitled “The Royal Activist,” it examines the extent to which he influences public policy, as well as the constitutional propriety of that influence.

It’s well known that Prince Charles is passionate about a range of issues, from architecture to the environment. He is not afraid to discuss them publicly, nor does he shy away from sharing his views with ministers. His outspokenness has generated controversy in the UK, and he’s frequently accused of ‘meddling.’ Basically, Prince Charles is stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. If he didn’t take an interest in the world around him, people would attack him for being lazy. But when he does, people attack him for being too involved.

The heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales on the gate of Oriel College, Oxford. Image courtesy of Alf via Wikimedia Commons. The heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales on the gate of Oriel College, Oxford. Image courtesy…

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