Prince Charles: ‘I’m Running Out Of Time’


prince-charles-smallIn a series of remarkably candid comments, Prince Charles hinted that he feared his legacy as king would be cut short.

During a visit to Dumfries House, the stately home in East Ayrshire which the Prince helped save for the nation, he joked about his reputation for pursuing projects with notorious vigour but made a poignant reference to his mortality.

He said: “Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes of course I am.” He added: “I’ll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I’m not careful.”

The comments, which were recorded for a film on the Clarence House website about the Prince’s involvement with Dumfries House, will fuel ongoing speculation that Prince Charles, 64, is more eager than ever to take the throne after 60 years of waiting.

In 2008, he became the longest-waiting heir to the throne in British history, overtaking his great-great grandfather, Edward VII.

While royal aides insist that he is fulfilled by his current role as heir apparent, supporting the Queen and being actively involved with the Prince’s Trust and his numerous other charities, many royal commentators have suggested that he feels frustrated his reign has not yet begun.

With a history of longevity in his family – the Queen is 86 and in good health while Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother lived to the age of 101 – Prince Charles may yet have a while to wait until he succeeds his mother.

The Prince has previously hinted at his impatience with the long wait for succession. In 1992, on the eve of the Queen’s 40th anniversary on the throne, he attended the funeral of his father-in-law, the 8th Earl Spencer, where he is believed to have remarked to Charles Spencer, his then brother-in-law: “You are fortunate enough to have succeeded to the title when still young.”

In 2004, in conversation with a Guards officer at Wellington Barracks who congratulated him on his 56th birthday, the Prince is reported to have replied: “I’m now at the age at which my grandfather died.”

Penny Junor, the royal biographer said: “He is impatient, but when he becomes king, his activities and all the projects he most enjoys where he can make a difference, will be seriously curtailed. He has spent an awful lot of his life searching for a role, but I think he does now feel fulfilled pursuing his various interests.”

Prince Charles may also feel sidelined by the surge of affection displayed for his mother during her Diamond Jubilee and the soaring popularity of younger members of the Royal family.

In an Ipsos Mori poll conducted earlier this month, the Duke of Cambridge was named as the most popular member of the Royal family with an approval rating of 62 per cent – the highest since Ipsos Mori began is royal poll in 1984. Prince Charles’s approval rating was 21 per cent, behind the Queen, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duke also experienced a major boost in popularity following his engagement in 2010, when two polls by ICM and YouGov found that most people believe he would make a better king than his father and think Prince Charles should stand aside for his son.

However, aides close to the Duke have said that there is “no question in his mind” that Prince Charles will be the next monarch.

Professor Robert Hazell, the director of University College London’s constitution unit, said: “He is an age when most people are starting to contemplate retirement, yet he’s not actually started the job he has spent his adult life preparing for. That is burdensome.”


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  1. Who wants such an immoral man as king anyway?! Perhaps his mother (-lehavdil) who represents upright behavior and integrity has merited arichas yomin precisely so that her wayward son be prevented from tainting the throne!

  2. Who cares about this arrogant individual? What has he contributed to society? His mother is also a usless individual.

  3. This bum is a big ingrate! He is basically wishing his Mother would kick the bucket already, so HE can get some Kovod! What a dysfuncional loser! The whole “Royal” Family, has turned into a joke! Every family member is either divorced, on drugs, having immodest public pictures, etc… FYI, the “Queen” has never been to Israel! What a total disgusting Family!

  4. i one time met prince charles on a walkabout and he’s not what the newspapers make him out to be he’s very charming and has wonderful sense of humor lesson:dont believe everything you read

  5. Maybe all he’s wishing for is that she would abdicate. She’s getting pretty old, too. Maybe she’d like some peace and quiet, he’s hinting?

    But don’t count on him taking the throne. The British people just might have something to say about being represented by such a low-life. When the time comes it will be the grandson who takes over. He’s given a good impression of normalcy.

  6. Attention all north American armchair chachamim, sages, thymes, know-alls, know-nothings, rabbbanim, rabbanot, gedolim, ketanim, closet royalists and would-be republicans with a small ‘r’:

    None of this story has anything to do with you. The British public ??? ?? ?? ?????, realizing that there are far more important matters to worry about. These include the fragile peace in Gaza, the world shortage of food while north Americans throw away nearly 30% of all the food they buy, the deteriorating states of the economies of the EU and the USA et cetera, et cetera et cetera; you know exactly what I am talking about.

    Jews from any other country, reading your catty and spiteful comments, may well ask themselves if their north American brethren have nothing better to do with their time other than this overt ????? ?????? After all, is supposed to be a Torah-oriented website for Torah-oriented people – I think.

    Personally, I think that you are all dead jealous of the Brits in that all you have as a national leader and a Head of State is a pooped-out politician you fight and battle to get rid and change every four years, while the Brits have had 60 years of stability with their Head of State – Queen Elizabeth.

    Queen Elizabeth may be old, she might be frail for all you and I know, but she has never put a foot wrong in her entire reign. That is just one of the many reasons millions of people around the planet respect her.

    That cannot be said for your Presidents Carter, Nixon, Clinton, Bush1 or Bush2 – never in a million years

  7. What a Chucuem. His mother is living too long.He would make some king. But why laugh at the Goy?? I heard of a man that had old parents, and told them that he was ashamed to walk out when the people say Yiskor, and stand outside with with the teenagers.

  8. TO # 12:

    Calm down. Your lovely Queen is the biggest welfare recipient in the world! She does nothing other than live off other peoples hard earned money. The lovely Queen does not inact laws. Its the Parliment. Last I checked, they get voted out just as often as the Americans. Its time for you to get off your drugs.