The Prince of Wales seems to be in an awkward position as the nation prepares for his son's wedding, reports the Washington Post. His mother is as venerable and revered as ever; his son and daughter-in-law-to-be are young and glamorous. Caught in the middle, the heir to the throne is neither. I have long felt that Prince Charles has been unfairly treated by the media and the public; he has carved out a unique and genuinely useful role for himself arguably surpassing all previous Princes of Wales, and I think he will make an excellent King. But even if this were not the case, the sinister idea that William should "bypass" Charles (even to raise the question is to assume essentially republican premises) strikes at the heart of the very idea of a hereditary monarchy, which is supposed to be above the volatile whims of popular opinion. Unfortunately it appears that monarchists have their work cut out for us in persuading the people of his mother's realms to fully embrace Charles as their future king.
(Thanks to my mother Susan Raccoli for calling my attention to this article.)