Sunday 22 April 2018

John Walsh: Little public support for man who would be king

Prince Charles with his mother, Queen Elizabeth
Prince Charles with his mother, Queen Elizabeth

John Walsh

The Prince of Wales has been called many names in his 63 years, but even he might be surprised to learn that he is the Antichrist.

According to a dozen online websites, he fulfils several criteria by which he can be identified as the "Beast" from the Book of Revelations: by his name, his heraldic symbols, the fact that he is "a despicable person who has not yet received a kingship". Happily for Prince Charles's feelings, he has also been designated "Saviour of the World" in the Brazilian rainforest. In the city of Tocantins, a life-size statue shows him, in bronze, as a muscular, winged god, clad only in a loincloth. At his feet, a mass of bodies apparently trapped in mud represent the world he is saving through his enlightened approach to the environment.

For a mild-mannered, well-bred sexagenarian he inspires extreme reactions. And this weekend, as the eyes of a nation are on his mother as she celebrates her 60-year reign, many people will have mixed feelings as to whether he should be her successor.

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