By William Jimena
London, September 20 (EFE).- The pressure on King Charles III, who lost his mother in the same week and ascended the throne after a decades-long wait, is beginning to take its toll on some in the public. event, where he is bothered by small details of protocol.
Social networks are ablaze with a video in which the 73-year-old monarch loses patience as he signs the guest book at Hillsborough Castle, the official seat of Northern Ireland’s government.
“For God’s sake, I hate this pen,” said Carlos III, after smearing his hand with ink.
The king got up from the table and, visibly angry, continued to vent his frustration: “I can’t stand this damn thing! (…) They do it every time!”, he complained, wiping himself with a handkerchief.
Carlos III’s rage started seconds earlier, when he realized he had signed the wrong date. Frustrated, the king left the room without waiting for Camilla, the queen’s consort, who had yet to sign the document.
King’s figure, under magnifying glass
This is not the first setback Carlos III has suffered with stationery items in the first six days of his reign.
At the ceremony where he was formally proclaimed sovereign, under the watchful eye of several former British prime ministers and the leadership of the state, Elizabeth II’s eldest son lost his temper with a faux pas.
His impatient gesture for an aide to quickly remove the object that prevented him from signing with ease also sparked the first speculations around the world about the new king’s personality.
British media scrutiny
Also under scrutiny in the British media is his decision to lay off hundreds of staff who worked as heirs to his official residence, Clarence House, once he became king, some of whom will be transferred to other positions.
Comparisons with her mother, Elizabeth II, who throughout her seven decades on the throne maintained an image of a shrewd sovereign, diplomatic and oblivious to personal controversy, were inevitable.
On the other hand, her eldest son Prince of Wales has been embroiled in numerous controversies and meddling in political affairs from which the Queen has always stayed aloof.
Speculation about some of his meddling was confirmed in 2015, when the Supreme Court ordered the release of a series of documents christened by the press as the “Black Spider” letters. The current king had for years sent ministers and high-ranking government officials to lobby for certain political interests.
The then heir to the throne renounced the traditional neutrality of the monarchy in those texts. He has expressed his concerns on agricultural issues – the properties he controls include numerous farms and holdings – genetic modification laws, global warming, social issues, as well as urban planning and architecture.
Good tuning in Northern Ireland and Scotland
Despite the protocol debacle he’s been embroiled in in recent days, Charles III has struck a good chord with political leaders in Scotland and Northern Ireland on his first visit as monarch to both British nations.
At the Home Rule Parliament in Edinburgh, he received a warm welcome from the Prime Minister, libertarian Nicola Sturgeon. “We stand ready to support you, Her Majesty, as you continue your life of service,” declared the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), who praised the image of Elizabeth II, whom he referred to as “the Queen”. Scots.”
The Independent Nicola Sturgeon: “Your Majesty, we stand ready to support you as you continue your service life”
The trip to Belfast was also peaceful, although memories of the 1979 assassination of Carlos III’s great uncle and mentor Louis Mountbatten by the IRA permeated the atmosphere.
The new monarch, who visited the site of that death in 2015 and then launched a message of reconciliation “to heal the wounds”, held courtesy calls on Tuesday with representatives of Sinn Féin, the now-defunct IRA’s former political arm and chief answer. Irish team from the May election. They, on their part, condoled with him on the death of his mother.
One of the most talked-about moments of the visit was a conversation with Republican leader Alex Muskie. “You’re the main party now, aren’t you?”, remarked King, to which Muskie replied with some complicity: “You don’t tell Jeffrey that now”, referring to unionist leader Jeffrey Donaldson, whom he happened to see from a short distance.
Written by Guillermo Jimenez. Edited by Nuria Santesteban