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Harry and Meghan sanctioned by Charles III: what effect on the king’s popularity?

At the death of Elizabeth II, the British would have had “a real fear” that the reign of Charles III “would be a disaster.” But just weeks before his coronation, his handling of “Harry and Meghan’s attacks” would have had an impact on his popularity, royal family experts report.

Faced with the great unpacking of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Charles III remains unmoved. Never explain, never complain, the 74-year-old sovereign does not retort preferring to stick to his royal duties. Not very resentful or to keep up appearances, he would have even invited his youngest son and his wife to attend his coronation on May 6. A coolness that reassures the British people that he has had trouble seducing.

While there was “a real fear that his reign would be a disaster” or that he could “say what he thought, say anything, have positions on global warming, yell at people,” “the way Charles handled the attacks of Harry and Meghan has increased his popularity,” notes Philip Turle, reports our sources. According to the British journalist, international columnist at France 24, the English “are rather pleasantly surprised by the beginning of Charles III’s reign”.

Facing Harry and Meghan, Charles III “showed a lot of wisdom.”

The public would even have felt “a certain pity” for the husband of Camilla Parker Bowles “because of the way he was treated by his younger son”. In the face of Meghan Markle and Harry’s many statements in their documentary series on Netflix and in the prince’s memoirs, the king “showed a lot of wisdom.” And this, while “no one expected from him” such a reaction, notes Richard Fitzwilliams, royal commentator. However, he recalls that the Sussex couple’s accusations of racism against The Firm have “damaged the royal family, especially among young Britons.

Between his failed marriage with Lady Diana and his infidelities with Camilla Parker Bowles, the son of Elizabeth II has come a long way: “He was the most unpopular prince in Britain,” recalls Philip Turle. Before concluding: “Until now, Charles has managed very well the suite of his mother. The British are grateful to him. They do not like Charles, but he has made a very good start to his reign. Despite these returns, the king would have a fear: “That William is more popular, and that Charles is considered an interim king.

Photo credits: Royalportraits Europe/Bernard Rubsamen / Bestimage

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