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Jeremy Paxman warns that Prince Charles could be a “Big Problem” when he becomes King

Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman spoke at the Buxton International Festival about the possibilities of a future King Charles, reportedly saying the Prince of Wales could be a “big problem.”

“People say to me ‘but what about Prince Charles?’ My answer is it’s going to be a big problem when we get Prince Charles – if he behaves as Prince Charles,” Paxman told the crowds.

“But I don’t think he will – the role is different. We shan’t have his view on talking to trees or whatever inflicted upon us when he’s monarch but when he’s the Prince of Wales he can do what he likes.”

Prince Charles has long championed environmentalism and sustainability. According to his official website, the Prince wants to “ensure that the natural assets upon which we all depend among other things soil, water, forests a stable climate and fish stocks endure for future generations.”

The Prince has also focused on sustainability as it relates to urban planning “in ways that enhance and add to the social, natural and built environment.”

Prince Charles only grants Royal Warrants to businesses that “understand and take a responsible approach to sustainability and social issues.”

Paxman was in Derbyshire for the Festival, and his comments were published in the Daily Mail.

Paxman declared that he was monarchist because it was “better than any alternatives” and that “we’d have ended up with a President Blair or something awful like that.”

The controversial former BBC Two presenter also spoke about politics. He said he blames the ‘60s generation for sowing distrust in politicians, “[The decade] encouraged everybody to disbelieve anyone over 30.”

“It has left us with an abiding distrust of institutions and authority figures. I’m not sure that’s terribly healthy.”

He also spoke of interviewing politicians, who focus on “the when, where and how,” but spiritual figures focus on answering the why of big questions.


  • Linda Babb

    It is even more dangerous and “unhealthy” NOT to be suspicious of”politicians” especially the ones we see now! Yes – Prince Charles will be constrained in what he may say publicly but I, for one, hope he does continue to support and encourage “sustainability as it relates to urban planning “in ways that enhance and add to the social, natural and built environment.” and continue to restrict grants of Royal Warrants to businesses that “understand and take a responsible approach to sustainability and social issues.” We as a world – need more such responsibility.

  • Vai Lynch

    What will Jeremy Paxman be saying to King Charles in the years to come ???? A different kettle of fish I think !

  • Daisymay

    I hope he stays the way he is and speaks out at least he has an opinion and isn’t just a frozen mute.

  • Mr.Christian

    I have many disagreements with Prince Charles, that he has refused to discuss or debate even by public email exchange or other for a. He is an environmentalist and I am a conservationist. Thus he believes as his father in radical “culling of the human herd, including those who will be his subjects. It will be bloody awful and painful death within Britain and the Commonwealth. As a conservationist, I think I would be a better shepherd for both humans and animals of all diversity. I am a Christian Prince and hold the title Tsar in some nations, my family through the marriage of a Christian Queen to a British King in 889 AD, was among the Evangelists in Britain. I try as best possible to be a good Christian recognizing we all sin. As for Bonnie Prince Charles of Arabia, etc. it is unclear what he holds as his faith to defend. I do respect that he had a rough childhood with ill often being done to him; but, he visited this upon others when older; and would do so as King. I do not know the current laws on succession, and as such it is unclear to me whether a divorced man can succeed. I very much would like Her Majesty the Queen to make her views on this clear; but, have become frustrated that Prince Charles never attempted to discuss these and other matters for the sake of Britain and mankind. He can email me anytime or set up a postal or courier exchange. I do not really want to be King of Britain but cannot abide what he as an adult has done to others.

    • Julia

      Just so want true basic Christianity the world over.

  • Rachael Pretinskei

    I visited Muir Woods not long ago amd was beseeched by a family from London. I learned a lesson. The woods are exactly like a trip into an ancient sacred place where I look down on chases and warlike behavior. They wete very smart.

  • JudithK Walters

    I think he would be influenced by that horrible woman Camilla. He is not good for the country. Coming from a country that was formerly a British subject, she is bad for England and not a good role model for young people.

    • Gregory Ross Miller

      If anybody was horrible it was Diana. She stepped on Charles every chance possible and took great strides to destroy the British Royal Family. She was vindictive. Camilla is sweet, kind, and friendly. That speaks a lot about a persons character.

  • JudithK Walters

    It is my understanding that a divorced man CANNOT get the title of King. The other man had to abdicate to marry the American divorcée. I do not think the Queen changed the law.

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