Resurfaced comments from King Charles give new meaning to family tension ahead of coronation

Using archival footage, the BBC documentary ‘Charles R: The Making of a Monarch’ lets King Charles tell his story in his own words. In a clip from 1969, while decorating a Christmas tree with Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne, Charles says in voiceover: “I like to think of us more as a family than a company. I tend to think of my family as very special people.

By emphasizing family ties rather than royal responsibilities, Charles flipped the script. Although it has been over half a century since the King made these comments, there is evidence that he still believes in a family-oriented philosophy, particularly when it comes to Charles’ relationship with the Prince. Harry. “The fact that he even wants Prince Harry at his coronation ceremony shows that he really sees his family as something to cherish and that he really tries to treat them more like family than a business, even if it is effectively both and he is both the head of his family and the business,” broadcaster Ester Krakue told Sky News.

Similar to his grandfather’s experiences, Charles’ focus on family can also have a positive impact on the royal business side. According to Edward Owens’ book, “The Family Firm”, during the reign of George VI, “a more informal and vulnerable family-centric image reinforced the emotional bonds that members of the public forged with the royal family, and that the tightening of those ties had a unifying effect on national life” (via Bustle).

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