Wedding bliss

The heir to the throne is getting a little bit fed up with the media in the run-up to his forthcoming marriage, apparently.

When BBC Royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell asked Prince Charles about his feelings in the run-up to his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles on 8 April in Windsor, he was given a terse reply.

"I am very glad you have heard of it, anyway," the prince said.

He added quietly to Prince William and Harry: "These bloody people. I can’t bear that man. I mean, he’s so awful, he really is."

At least the Prince can take comfort in the fact that some of his subjects are looking forward to the wedding:

Unlike any royal event in the past the forthcoming wedding of the Prince of Wales and the soon-to-be new Princess of Wales will be a great opportunity for republicans in the UK to promote their simple commonsense message.

The public dismay at the prospect of Queen Camilla and King Charles has shown more clearly than ever that the genetic lottery of monarchy does not work. Republic will be pushing this message as much as possible over the next couple of weeks; reinforcing its key message that there is a good, positive, democratic alternative to monarchy.

Campaign Coordinator for Republic, Graham Smith, said today, "Of course the couple in question should be allowed to get married and we wish them well in their private lives. However, it is clear that the public mood has experienced a quantum shift since the weddings of the 1980s, and Republic is keen to exploit that by promoting the democratic alternative to monarchy."

Republic’s Chair, Professor Stephen Haseler, added, "The position of head of state for this country can no longer remain a family affair. It is clear the people want a choice in the future and that can only be available in a republic."

Republic will be placing advertisements in the national press, utilising e-campaigning techniques, getting members out on the streets and making appearances in the media. Graham Smith concluded, "This is a big opportunity to boost the profile of our campaign, it’s an opportunity we’re not going to miss."






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