The Guardian thinks Brits ought to be prepared for a change in style when the day arrives for Prince Charles to become King Charles. Its interviews with sources close to Charles suggest that he will be far more opinionated about public affairs than the queen currently is. That's especially true on subjects such as the environment, farming, GMO crops, education, and health. One quote pretty much sums things up:
- “He will be true to his beliefs and contributions," says a person who has been close to him for years. "Rather than a complete reinvention to become a monarch in the mold of his mother, the strategy will be to try and continue with his heartfelt interventions, albeit checking each for tone and content to ensure it does not damage the monarchy."
The public might get a taste next week when the nation's supreme court decides whether 27 letters Charles wrote to government ministers over the years should be made public. Both the government and the royal family want them kept private, but the Guardian has lodged a freedom-of-information battle to release them. (Read more Prince Charles stories.)