When Prince Charles, who is 70 years old next week, becomes King by the death of Queen Elizabeth's mother, he would wait longer than any of his predecessors to manage a royal family dating back more than a thousand years.
Some monarchists are afraid, and Republicans are hoping to be a poor king.
His fans believe that his wisdom, concern and concern for conservation and the environment will win the public support he deserves.
The end of his late wife, Prince Diana, is the terrible end of their marriage and persistent hostility in some of the other Camilli neighborhood wives, the Duchess of Cornwall.
"You are accused of being controversial just because you are trying to draw attention to things that are not necessarily part of a conventional stand," Charles said in an interview with GQ magazine in September. "My problem is to see that there are too many things to do."
Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesaya, Count Carrick, Baron Renfrew, Count Chester, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Staff of Scotland, was born at Buckingham Palace on November 14, 1948.
Forty years when his grandfather, George VI, died, and his mother went to the throne at the age of 25. The following year, he looked with his grandmother and aunt, the late princess Margaret, because Elizabeth was crowned with the queen of 16 areas.
He preached his remote Scottish school, Gordonstown, who his father also attended, but was the first royal successor to graduate after studying at Cambridge University.
Charles was Prince of Wales at the ceremony in 1969.
But in 92 the mother remains in good health without planning a waiver, so his wait goes on. For their critics and even some monarchists who think they will bring a catastrophe to the House of Windsor, that's not bad.
"Frankly speaking, we are very happy not to be king because, since the queen was the supreme monarchy and that the monarchy held much in human respect, I think Charles could undermine it," said Tom Bower, author of Rebel Prince, unauthorized biographies .
Such unflattering biographies depict Charles as an arrogant, weak man enjoying luxurious ornaments – having his royal harpist – is intolerant of criticism and devotee of unusual theories. Charles did not want to be interviewed for this article.
Its supporters say it is a light quarry, with every action and statement studied by the often hostile media.
"When you are in his highly exposed public position, loyalty and disrespect is a rather complicated situation," said a former high helper who worked with the prince for many years.
The assistant said that Charles's defendants simply decided to look at his features in a bad light.
"There are a whole range of things that are simply not true," said a former assistant who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Bower just talked to people with a complaint."
What does he really like?
"I rarely met someone who is so curious about the world as he and he wants to know what's going on and why." More than anything, he has this drive, he's phenomenally tense, "said a former assistant.
Simon Lewis, Queen Communications Secretary from 1998 to 2001, described Charles as full of enthusiasm, committed, with a "bad sense of humor."
"If you are a public person … if you put your head over the fence, then you get the critique."
Friends and enemies talk about their commitment to duty. The prince's day starts with breakfast – no lunch – and ends near midnight.
The former assistant said he had received a call from Charles on Christmas.
In private, Charles is passionate about art, culture, theater, literature, opera and pop – is also a great fan of Leonard Cohen.
The happiest in his garden, likes William Shakespeare, is afraid of watercolors and writes children's books. He can be fun, but short-lived and demanding, said a former assistant.
Although Charles does not like to talk about becoming a monarch, because that will mean his mother's death, behind the scenes, well-prepared plans for that occasion – under the name London Bridge Operation – are ready.
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