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King Charles III’s waxwork at Madame Tussauds targeted by protestors

Prince Charles talks about the environment at Birkhall

Oil industry protestors have attacked a wax figure of King Charles at Madame Tussauds, the latest in a series of high-profile protests to gain attention to climate crisis.

Two protestors stepped into the Royal Family exhibit at the London wax museum before smearing cake on King Charles’s wax figure.

Ellie McFadden, one of the protestors, told the crowd, “We are here because we seek to protect our freedoms and rights, because we seek to protect this green and pleasant land which is the inheritance of us all.

“Last year, at Cop26 in Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth said: ‘The time for words has moved to the time for action.’

Just No Oil, the group behind the demonstration, released a statement saying: “The science is clear. The demand is simple: just stop new oil and gas. It’s a piece of cake

“The action takes place a few weeks ahead of COP 27 which King Charles III has reportedly abandoned plans to attend and deliver a speech at, on the advice of the then, now former Prime Minister Liz Truss.”

Madame Tussauds released a statement saying “Our security team dealt with the incident quickly and we are working closely with the Metropolitan Police on this matter. The attraction remains open, with our Royal Family set closed temporarily.”

Four people were arrested as part of the stunt.

Just No Oil protestors have in recent weeks garnered headlines for their art-related stunts that have seen them toss soup and mashed potatoes at famous paintings in UK galleries to protest against the oil industry and call for greater measures to avoid climate crisis.

The group has promised to carry out protests all month long and nearly 600 members have been arrested in similar stunts.

Targeting King Charles in climate change protests seems almost counterproductive given his 50 years of advocacy and action on behalf of the environment, green issues and climate change.

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Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.