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Prince Charles will never be an ‘activist monarch’, says Royal expert - ‘A remarkable job’

Richard Fitzwilliams defends Prince Charles over charity scandal

Following a recent poll by YouGov which claims Prince Charles is only number 7 on the list of most popular royal figures, GB News dedicated a section of its evening show to “Can the monarchy survive with Charles in charge?” A vox pop in front of Buckingham Palace highlighted how Charles’ personal life seems to carry weight on whether he would be a good King.

"I just don't know that someone who is unfaithful to his wife could be faithful to a country", told a young woman to GB News.

"It is quite ambitious to think that we can trust him."

On set, presenter Dan Wootton asked the same question to the former mayor of London Ken Livingstone and royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.

The latter was incredibly supportive of Prince Charles while admitting the role of Prince, which he has had for his whole life, has been quite restraining.

Dan Wootton's show on GB News

Dan Wootton interviewed Ken Livingstone and royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. (Image: GB NEWS)

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“As Prince of Wales, he created his own role” claimed Mr Fitzwilliams. (Image: Getty)

"As Prince of Wales, he created his own role" claimed Mr Fitzwilliams.

"I think in issues, especially those of the environment - that’s mainstream now. It wasn’t 50 years ago."

"It was around 50 years ago that Charles ran a campaign to save the planet and I think that’s very significant."

"Whether it’s architecture or whether it’s drawing or whether it’s homoeopathy, he has a role, so long as it's not a political role."

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When Prince Charles turned 70, he publicly declared he had no intention of being a political leader. (Image: Getty)

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According to Richard Fitzwilliams, one million people may have benefited Charles' charity. (Image: Getty)

“I absolutely deprecate the thought that one day he could attempt to be an activist monarch because that simply wouldn’t work.”

When Prince Charles turned 70, he publicly declared he had no intention of being a political leader.

Mr Fitzwilliams added: “He can’t do nothing as Prince of Wales and I think he’s done a remarkable job.”

He went on to mention the work the monarch has done through The Prince’s Trust, a youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.

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Mr Livingstone said Charles’ past actions might never be excused by the people. (Image: Getty)

According to Richard Fitzwilliams, one million people may have benefited from the program initiated by Charles back in 1976.

Mr Livingstone, labelled an “ardent republican” by Dan Wootton said Charles’ past actions might never be excused by the people.

“Everyone loved Diana and I think a lot have never forgiven him for what he did,” said the former Mayor of London.

On the contrary, Richard Fitzwilliams thinks people should not eclipse the work the Prince of Wales has accomplished outside of his personal life in the public eye.

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“Remember the amount of charitable work he does!” says royal expert. (Image: Getty)

“Remember the amount of charitable work he does!”

The YouGov poll places the Queen herself at the top followed by Prince William, his wife Kate, the late Prince Philip and Princess Anne in fifth place.

Zara Phillips, Anne’s daughter, takes the number 6 spot which means she is reportedly even more popular than the heir apparent to the British throne who only placed 7.

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