Prince Charles has made no secret about the fact that he wants to make some drastic changes to the British monarchy, despite the wishes of his handlers and even his parents. As it turns out, another Windsor - Charles' great uncle, Edward VIII - had similar ideas, the Daily Express reports. Things didn't end well for Edward VIII, however.
An unnamed source says that Charles, 70, is "determined to push the boundaries to prepare for a new style of monarchy" when he becomes king. Already, through words and actions (or in one case, inaction), he's started down that road.
His parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William, do not approve.
Centuries of Royal Tradition
Not since the Magna Carta, enacted in 1215, has the monarch had absolute power in England. Over the subsequent centuries, the monarch's power has been eroded to the point that the monarch is basically a figurehead with no real political power. Sure, the British government serves at the pleasure of the monarch, and on paper, the monarch gives assent to all laws passed by Parliament, but in reality, the monarch has no power and certainly must not advocate for any political positions.
Charles, by contrast, has not only said that he might take political positions as king, but he has also already done so as Prince - for example, by acknowledging the need to address climate change.