Prince Charles is said to be planning his succession now, to cut off the chance of his son usurping him in popular opinion. Alas for Shakespeare, the kingdom is so shrunken now that these machinations are restricted to combining Prince Charlie’s mother’s press office with his own – no dungeons in which to lock up ungrateful children, no armies massing on the shore. Sic transit gloria.
There is this small nugget of discord to encourage fans of royal discord:
Prince Charles was said to have a difficult relationship with the Queen’s previous private secretary, Sir Robin (now Lord) Janvrin. By contrast, he has a good rapport with former Scots Guard Sir Christopher, 52, who took over the post in 2007.
“Like Charles, Sir Christopher is firmly wedded to the idea of a slimmed-down Monarchy, something that is believed to have upset Princes Andrew and Edward.”
If we see any attack helicopters hovering above the castle, we’ll know the fight’s on.