Charles shows signs of being an open and informal king


e is the king meant to be perceived as an open and informal monarch, with kisses from members of the public and ease in speaking from the heart.

Charles has always looked comfortable on a walk, talking to people who want to tell a story or those who just want to meet the Prince and Crown Prince.

Now the man who has been king-in-waiting for decades will be keen to settle into his reign and make the role his own.

There are already signs that Charles’ style will be one that focuses on interacting with the audience and doesn’t shy away from emotion.

Since the Queen’s death on Thursday, he has greeted well-wishers on a walk outside Buckingham Palace twice – when he arrived at the palace on Friday with the Queen Consort and then again on Saturday evening.

Friday’s walk was his first meeting with the public as their king and the crowds were delighted to see the new monarch in the flesh.

One woman leaned in to kiss Charles’ right hand and another kissed him on the cheek as he thanked people for their good wishes, shaking countless hands as he got out of his car outside the palace.

The king’s televised address to the nation on Friday night saw Charles reflect fondly on his ‘dear mum’.

The speech moved viewers, with people describing it as “heartfelt” and “personal”, while his mention of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was met with applause.

He mentioned his love for Harry and Meghan, saying: “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”

Meanwhile, former prime minister Gordon Brown said he believed the new sovereign would bring a more informal, Scandinavian-style monarchy in the coming years.

“I think what Prince Charles has already indicated is that the monarchy will be smaller,” he told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuensberg.

“It will be more like a Scandinavian monarchy in the future, but not in a bad way – more informal.

“He stopped when he went into Buckingham Palace and talked to people in the crowd, and that was a signal he was sending that he wanted people to feel he was accessible.”

Elsewhere, the Archbishop of Canterbury said Charles had the ability to bring “healing” to people just as his late mother did.

Justin Welby, delivering a sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday morning, said those who met the Queen “were always struck by her ability to make them feel like they were the most important, the only person in the room, the only a man in the street, in the crowd”.

He continued: “King Charles III has the same ability to see the worth of every person as God does.

“It’s his conscious understanding of people.”

Mr Welby recalled seeing Charles make his way around the Lady Chapel at Liverpool Cathedral, where there were families of fallen police officers.

He said Charles had spoken to the young widow of an officer, adding: “At the time the then Prince of Wales – His Majesty – went round he spoke to everyone in that chapel and every person there and I quote this young widow , I felt they had a unique meaning and found healing.”

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