Royal Roundup: Prince Charles Warns of ‘Poisoned Chalice’ Legacy for his Grandchild

Prince Charles on British television earlier this week. (ITV)

The Prince of Wales is once again warning about the environmental dangers facing the planet, this time putting his fears in the form of concern for his grandchild’s generation.

Speaking on ITV1’s This Morning show, Prince Charles said, “We don’t, in a sensible world, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem.”

“I don’t want to be confronted by my future grandchild and [have] them say: ‘Why didn’t you do something?’”

That grandchild, Kate and William’s baby, expected sometime this summer, will likely be monarch of England someday.

“Clearly now that we will have a grandchild, it makes it even more obvious to try and make sure we leave them something that isn’t a total poisoned chalice,” Charles said.

In the interview, the future King also spoke about his parental concern for his son Harry, who is on active duty in Afghanistan.

“If you are a parent or relation to a loved one and that person is away in these incredibly dangerous and challenging circumstances, I know you worry all the time.” (via BBC News)

• As Britain’s government formally changes the laws of succession in an attempt to make them gender-neutral, a member of parliament has also been pushing for an additional change in the titles given to the spouses of future monarchs.

“Under existing laws and precedent,” explains the Express, “the wives of ruling Kings become Queen consorts but the husbands of sovereign Queens do not have the right to any title.”

After all, the current Duke of Edinburgh is not King Philip, he is Prince Philip (though not Prince Consort).

But MP John Hemming says the disparity in titles – Queen vs. Prince – is yet another sign of gender inequality and is proposing that any female spouse of a sovereign be referred to as a Princess Consort, while a male spouse be called Prince Consort.

That means that when Charles takes the throne, his wife will be known not as Queen Camilla but as Princess Camilla; in fact, the latter is what the Palace has insisted all along will be her title. It also means that the Duchess of Cambridge would become Princess Catherine when William becomes king.

Our friend Kelly Lynch of Socialite Life’s Duchess Diary recently discussed succession issues with royal reporter Richard Palmer of the Daily Express.