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Charles, Prince of Wales (or Charles Philip Arthur George if you're an anti-monarchist) (1948–) 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.
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 the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry the Duke of Suffix.
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" for endorsing the "Duchy Herbals" detox tincture. He also "treats" his farm animals with homeopathy.
“”Me, meddle as a king? I'm not that stupid.
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. 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 that letting normal people read his views might damage his "ability to perform as King". The ministerial veto enables ministers to ignore Tribunal rulings if they find them to be
embarrassing contrary to the national interest. A later ruling by the UK Supreme Court in 2015 required the publication of the letters.
In fact, he even has the right to prevent bills being presented to parliament if they conflict with his business interests. 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.
A spokesman for Prince Charles said: "In modern times, the prince of Wales has never refused to consent to any bill affecting Duchy of Cornwall interests, unless advised to do so by ministers. Every instance of the prince's consent having been sought and given to legislation is a matter of public record."
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). His ears are often caricatured, even by his sympathisers.
- Professor calls Prince Charles, others "snake-oil salesmen", Reuters
- Prince Charles: I use homeopathy in animals to cut antibiotic use
- Prince Charles Eavesdrops on Tourists, Speaks to Plants, ABC News
- Now Charles backs coffee cure for cancer: Angry doctors warn of dangers as Prince of Wales lends support to controversial alternative treatment by Jo Revill (26 June 2004 20.07 EDT) The Guardian.
- Prince Charles: 'Me, meddle as a king? I'm not that stupid'. Heir to throne tells BBC 70th birthday interview he will desist from his hobbyhorses if sovereign by Caroline Davies (7 Nov 2018 19.01 EST) The Guardican.
- Prince Charles's letters to ministers should be disclosed, judges rule, The Guardian
- Attorney general blocks disclosure of Prince Charles letters to ministers, The Guardian
- UK Supreme Court require government to release Prince Charles 'black spider' letters
- Prince Charles has been offered a veto over 12 government bills since 2005, The Guardian
- Secret papers show extent of senior royals' veto over bills
- Local History: Poundbury, BBC
- The many faces of Prince Charles