Prince Charles chose an unfortunate topic to broach as he sat on a jewel-draped golden throne
Tuesday was a great time for the Royal family as Prince Charles replaced Queen Elizabeth II for the official opening of Parliament. His presence marks the slow transition of his rise to the throne as his 96-year-old mother makes fewer public appearances due to mobility issues. While that should have been the headline of the day, it was the speech that raised quite a few eyebrows.
The speech was originally to be delivered by the Queen and was written by the British government to set out its program for the coming year. It is unclear whether Charles had veto power to deliver the message, but given that he was decked with his regalia noting his privilege – it was a little tone-deaf to suddenly launch into remarks about helping to “ease the cost of living for families”. If there is a global recession, like many economic experts predict, its promise to “improve opportunities in all parts of the country” seems almost empty and hollow.
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Of course, social media joined in their thoughts because her words rang hollow to some. A Twitter user exposed the debate over why there is even a monarchy in 2022, in writing, “I will never understand how in the 21st century we still have kings and queens Real living royalty whose abundance of wealth is provided by working class taxpayers, who will then go on television on a golden throne to say how they will help the poor.” another account intervened, “how do you read without irony this speech surrounded by so much gold.” The optics of the moment is what pissed off many people, including one user who abstract“I would have just made this announcement from any other room, wearing any other outfit.”
The royal family has struggled to find a balance in the modern era and find ways to be understood to the public they serve. It’s not a big first outing for Prince Charles, so the Palace will need to refine the message as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will demand more from her service ahead of time.
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