Prince Charles

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Charles, Prince of Wales is the son of Queen Elizabeth II and heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom, unless his mom outlives him. And that should worry you.

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[edit] Family

He was married to the late Princess Diana from 1981 until 1996, and married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005; he has two sons, Prince William (Duke of Ambridge Cambridge) and Prince Harry (the Nazi-uniform enthusiast).

[edit] Career in snake oil sales

He supports and sells complementary medicines. Professor Edzard Ernst, Britain's first professor of complementary medicine, who spent eighteen years at Exeter University leading a unit that subjects alternative medicines to thorough scientific scrutiny, called Charles a "snake oil salesman"[1] for endorsing the "Duchy Herbals" detox tincture. He also treats his farm animals with homeopathy.[2]

He also talks to plants. Really.[3] Though to be fair, those ears could be capable of hearing things most others are not. That or the bit between the ears.

He has promoted coffee enemas,[4] which have no known medical benefit but have numerous risks (burning, rectal perforation, infection and electrolyte imbalance).

[edit] State interference

Charles often writes to government ministers about matters that interest him. This would not normally be an issue, but he has been known to try to interfere in government policy.[5] The Information Tribunal ruled that the Government should release copies of his controversial "black spider" letters to Ministers in 2012, but the Attorney General vetoed the release, claiming letting normal people read his views might damage his "ability to perform as King."[6] The ministerial veto enables ministers to ignore Tribunal rulings if they find them to be embarrassing contrary to the national interest. later ruling by the UK Supreme Court in 2015 required the letters to be published.[7]

In fact, he even has the right to prevent a bill being presented to parliament if they conflict with his business interests.[8] The Government is trying to cover this up, too, as it touches on a wide variety of policy areas that Queen's Consent doesn't.

[edit] Other stuff

Charles is famous for complaining about fugly architecture, stopping a few more monstrosities from dotting the British landscape (or at least, monstrosities he doesn't himself own[9]). His ears are often caricatured, even by his sympathisers.[10]

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