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>> The man who is next in line for the British throne has long been under scrutiny for his outspoken views. But that would be impossible for a monarch who is meant to apolitical. Climate, religion, social issues, Prince Charles now says he'll stop meddling in these if he becomes king.
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>> The idea somehow I'm gonna go on exactly the same way if I have to succeed is complete nonsense because the two situations are completely different.>> He's talking in a BBC documentary created ahead of his 70th birthday on Wednesday. The milestone highlights how long he's been heir and has reignited a debate over succession in Britain.
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Reuters correspondent, Mike Holden.>> For a while there's been some rumblings about whether this succession could posisbly skip a generation. There's no constitutional grounds for this, it's basically it's not a feasible argument, Charles will be the next king.>> The Prince of Whales will be Britain's oldest crowned monarch if he finally succeeds Queen Elizabeth.
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But the Prince is known for his frank manner.>> Bloody people, I can't bear them.>> An opinion over his wearing of the crown is divided, even among royal commentators.>> Charles Prince of Wales is gonna be the best prepared monarch properly in history.>> Frankly, I think we're very lucky he hasn't been king.
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I think that if he's a rebel king, the monarchy will be in danger.>> Such critical portraits and nothing new. Polls show Prince Charles' standing has never fully recovered after the breakdown of his marriage to Princess Diana in the 1990's.>> About 75, 80% of the countries say they like the queen.
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His popularity is lower than that. It's more like 40%, 50%. Queen Elizabeth being on the throne for 66 years, most people in Britain have grow up with her being the only monarch they will ever know. That could have a serious impact on people's views on the monarchy when the time finally does come for the succession.
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>> Behind the scenes, well prepared plans for Queen Elizabeth's passing, code named, Operation London Bridge, are ready. Until then, Prince Charles' unique life as heir will continue as before.