King Charles will not uphold a ‘family monarchy’: royal author

King Charles III is not a family man, according to a royal expert.

Historian Tessa Dunlop has claimed that the new monarch will have no conventional family dynamics during his reign, unlike his parents, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, who were married to each other for 73 years before his death last year.

Dunlop, author of Elizabeth & Philip: A Story of Young Love, Marriage, and Monarchy, told the Mirror that Elizabeth and Philip were “instant trendsetters” during their courtship and the seven decades that followed together.

“Britain’s pinup family, the House of Windsor, had reached dizzying new heights,” she said of the couple’s 1947 marriage. “Within a year Prince Charles was born; As an original baby boomer, his arrival sealed the deal for the family monarchy.”

Dunlop also noted that “in this nuclear family era, divorce laws haven’t changed for over 20 years.”

The picture released on November 18, 2007 shows Great Britain
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth were married on November 20, 1947.
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“Regardless of what happened behind closed doors, Elizabeth and Philip were the perfect couple in a rapidly changing society,” she said of the royal couple who would have celebrated their wedding 75th wedding anniversary on Nov 20

“Yours would prove difficult,” she remarked.

In contrast, her son had a doomed marriage to the late Princess Diana in the 1980s before eventually tying the knot with Camilla, Queen Consort.

Dunlop also pointed out that Charles, now 74, felt immense pressure from both his family and British society until 1980, when the world thirsted for another royal wedding.

Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, London, Britain - 29 July 1981
Diana, Princess of Wales, married then-Prince Charles in 1981. They later separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996.
    King Charles III  and Camilla,
Charles and Camilla’s friendship dates back to the 1970s and they eventually married in a civil ceremony in 2005.
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Enter: Diana Spencer, a wide-eyed young girl who, after only a few dates, was thrown into the wild wild Windsor West in 1981 when she married Charles. Their marriage was volatile – with allegations of cheating on both ends and Diana feeling depressed and suffering from an eating disorder.

“On the surface, his marriage looked like the perfect second act — another blushing bride to her sailor prince,” Dunlop said.

She argued that Charles – whom she called “the product of his generation, just like his parents were of theirs” – will not be able to have a ” to maintain the family monarchy.

“Times had changed: Divorce was rampant, celebrity culture was distorted, infidelity was unacceptable. The gigantic wedding of Charles and Diana ended in a gigantic failure. The family monarchy fell apart.”

Although Dunlop has been married to Camilla since 2005, he has argued that the royal family has changed drastically.

“But can our everyman king find a new brand as strong as the family monarchy?” she asked. “Let’s hope so for our divided nation.” King Charles will not uphold a ‘family monarchy’: royal author

Emma Bowman

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