The BBC is again under attack, this time for having the temerity to broadcast Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play, King Charles III. Bartlett imagined what might happen if Prince Charles ever succeeds his mother, depicting a conflict between a stubborn monarch and a government wanting to regulate the press. When Charles makes his opposition public he discovers that the people back the prime minister and is forced to abdicate. Along the way, Bartlett paints the royals in an unflatteringly disputatious light – and even has Princess Diana’s ghost make an appearance. Given revelations about Charles’ secret attempts to meddle in government business, the play only exaggerates for dramatic effect what we know about him and the political influence the British constitution still grants leading royals. Des
A new BBC drama that features the death of the Queen and a ghostly apparition of Princess Diana will be ‘agonising’ for Prince William and Harry to watch, one of the show’s stars has claimed. Speaking shortly before his death last month, Tim Pigott-Smith claimed that King Charles III would prove to be a difficult watch for the royal siblings – and singled out a scene in which their dead mother Diana, Princess of Wales appears. The celebrated actor, who died at the age of 70, plays Princes Charles in the 90-minute adaptation of Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play that imagines the first days of his ascension to the throne after the death of the Queen. The plot follows a constitutional crisis that arises after the king refuses to sign a controversial press freedom bill – putting him at odds w
Why Was Prince Charles Upset with William and Kate Right After Their Wedding? Their 2011 North America trip was at the center of it, according to a new biography. Here is a new biography of Prince Charles out—Sally Bedell Smith’s Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life (that title re-jolts us each and every time)—and the tidbits and anecdotes from it continue to roll in. We have already learned, via the book, about Charles’s wedding night, and also what the time table might be for William taking the throne. Now the latest bit relates to Charles’s feelings about the great shining hope for the future of the royal family—the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—and specifically his feelings right after the two were married in 2011. Per Bedell Smith’s ac
Prince George vs Grandpa Prince Charles: Who Wears Knee Socks Better? Just like his mom Princess Kate, 3-year-old Prince George is already a style icon. And now even his grandfather is taking notice! Prince Charles stepped out in Scotland this week, and as he was up north, he wore the proper garb: a kilt and knee socks. Of course, it’s impossible not to think of the little prince when you see a royal wearing knee socks. In his nearly four years, George has made knee socks something of his style signature. He wears them in all sorts of hues, from blue to white to black, and the parents of his fellow preschoolers can’t get enough, routinely snatching up pairs from his go-to store, Amaia. Charles did his grandson proud with his Scottish-appropriate look on Mond
Prince Charles Won't Step Aside for William to Be King His biographer, Sally Bedell Smith, spent four years exhaustively researching the Prince of Wales. Sally Bedell Smith, dogged biographer and author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, out this week from Penguin Random House, has collected an exhaustive file of facts about the future king of England. Unlike his mother, Charles is not what you might call a beloved figure. And while Bedell Smith doesn't spare the touchy-feely, parapsychology loving, Dumbo-eared Charles, her portrait is also rich with sympathy, even affection. Bullied as a youth by his overbearing father ("Philip was the original alpha male," Smith says), Charles spent his whole life seeking approval. Cowed by a sense of duty and fea...