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Monarchy in Britain enters an era of uncertainty

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III, Prince Phillip, Qatari, Nazi

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Monarchy in Britain enters an era of uncertainty

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the royal crown going to King Charles III – who is clearly a very controversial figure, monarchy in Britain has certainly entered into an era of uncertainty where Britons may now ask the justification of the continuation of such monarchy, which has been living on unimaginable wealth and luxury for decades. While any regular Briton is suffering from economic constraint and forced to live in miniatures apartments, King Charles III holds possession of massive palaces – each built on huge lands. Only one of his palaces is built on 50 thousand acres of land, meaning, these royals are occupying hundreds and thousands of acres of land in England, most of which are used for their luxury and elegance. In this modern age, any civilized nation may not feel entertained in living under any monarchy and remain as subjects, while those royals treat the people as almost slaves. While Britons boast of being a democracy, I would rater say, unless this monarchy falls – Britain can be termed as a slave’s-land.

We won’t forget how King Charles III had treated his previous wife – Princess Diana, mother of his children and betrayed her for his illicit romance with another woman – someone else’s wife and mother of two children. In the history of British royal family, we have witnessed in the past how members of this family were stripped-off royal status just for the reason of having romantic affair with someone outside the “royal blue blood”.

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Controversies centering King Charles III and British royals

While it is well-documented that Prince Phillip, father of Price Charles was having Nazi relatives, according to media reports, Prince Charles has accepted cash and gift from an Islamist Qatari sheikh.

In an investigative documentary film titled ‘The Crown’, Prince Philip, who recently died had dived into his personal life, examining Philip’s past and present demons. Shown as a cheating, partying womanizer, Philip in real life was linked to numerous women – including two cabaret dancers. 

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It was also reported that while mother of Prince Phillip had saved the lives of Jews in Athens, that is what everyone in the world have been hearing since 1992, according to information – everyone has been fooled through a concocted story stating Philip’s mother, Princess Alice, sheltered Jews during World War II when she was living in Athens. This is a concocted story, which was even revealed by Prince Phillip himself!

The story was concocted by the British royals – actually Queen Elizabeth to clean the sinner image of her husband’s family. It may be mentioned here that, all the sisters of Prince Phillip were married to Nazi officers and the entire family were fans of Hitler.

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King Charles III’s mother queen Elizabeth II had so many things to hide from the public attention. For example, although Queen Elizabeth II and her late consort, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had come to represent Britain itself in the 69 years, the Queen did not want her subjects know that her husband wasn’t a British. Before he was the Duke of Edinburgh, the young Philip was Prince of Greece and Denmark, nephew of the Greek king, and born on the Greek island of Corfu in 1921. He was not a British citizen, although his ancestry could be traced to multiple countries including Germany and England.

The queen is also not going to talk about her family history – more precisely, her being an ancestor of the Prophet of Islam (here is the detail report).

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And now, here is a bombshell revelation about Prince Charles.

According to an explosive report in The Times, Prince Charles personally accepted suitcases and shopping bags stuffed with millions of dollars’ worth of cash from a controversial Qatari politician between 2011 and 2015.

“Everyone felt very uncomfortable about the situation”, a former adviser to the Prince of Wales told the Sunday Times of London.

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The “only thing we could do was to count the money and make a mutual record of what we’d done”, the source said. “And then call the bank”.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar, bestowed the big bucks on the heir to the British throne in three deliveries during private, off-the-books meetings at Clarence House, the prince’s official London residence.

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It may be mentioned here that, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani is diehard supporter of Palestinian mega-terror outfit Hamas, a Jew-hater and violent opposer of the State of Israel.

According to the report, the Islamist Qatari sheikh came toting stacks of bills totaling 3 million euros — about US$3.2 million at today’s exchange rates — in duffel bags, a suitcase, and several branded shopping bags from the famed Fortnum & Mason department store.

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The payments were deposited into the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF), a grant-making entity that quietly bankrolls the prince’s pet projects — and pays the bills at his Scottish country estate.

The charity “carried out the appropriate governance and assured us that all the correct processes were followed”, a Clarence House spokesman told the media.

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But the revelation fueled talk of a “cash-for-access culture” surrounding Prince Charles — coming just months after his longtime aide, Michael Fawcett, was bounced from the charity amid allegations he used his position to help a Saudi billionaire receive a “golden visa” and high royal honors.

Charles, 73, now King Charles III, has been next in line to the throne for seven decades – by a distance the longest wait in the history of the British monarchy.

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A new, inevitably shorter, chapter of Charles’s life will begin. Becoming monarch of the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms from Canada to Australia will allow him to answer a question that has followed him for decades: after a lifetime of outspoken interventions in public life, what kind of king will he be?

It was earlier reported in Blitz that a 1997 Middle East Quarterly article titled “Prince Charles of Arabia,” Ronni L. Gordon and David M. Stillman looked at evidence that Britain’s crown prince might be a secret convert to Islam. They shifted through his public statements (defending Islamic law, praising the status of Muslim women, seeing in Islam a solution for Britain’s ailments) and actions (setting up a panel of twelve “wise men” to advise him on Islamic religion and culture), then concluded that, “should Charles persist in his admiration of Islam and defamation of his own culture,” his accession to the throne will indeed usher in a “different kind of monarchy”.

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Charles continues this pattern of admiration and defamation, keeping alive the question of his stealth conversion to Islam. A weblog entry continues to document the topic, starting with a report, “Charles Breaks Fast with the Faithful in Muscat,” in the Dubai-based Gulf News, on some of Charles’ activities during his five-day visit to Oman:

He toured the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque for almost two hours and “took keen interest in studying various sections at the mosque, including the main prayer hall”. As his spokesman put it, “The Prince was particularly keen to come to the mosque today to see the fantastic building and remarkable architecture which Prince was fascinated with. The Prince has a great love for Islamic architecture and I can’t think of finer example than this mosque”.

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He “spent a considerable time at an exhibition of Islamic calligraphy and held meetings with Sheikha Aisha Al Siaby, Head of Public Authority for Craft Industries and Taha Al Kisri, the Head of Omani Society for Fine Arts to discuss various aspects of Islamic art”.

He “broke fast with a large congregation of people from different nationalities as he sat with folded legs on the floor in the open. He ate date and drank juice at the call of Iftar”.

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None of this, of course, is evidence that the Heir to the British Throne has changed religions, but his actions most certainly would be consistent with such a move, and especially the implication that he had kept the Ramadan fast. (November 9, 2003).

September 4, 2005 update: Prince Charles revealed in a letter leaked to the Daily Telegraph that he had strained relations with George Carey, then archbishop of Canterbury, over his attitude toward Islam. Particularly contentious was his expressed intent, on becoming king and supreme governor of the Church of England, to ditch the centuries’ old defender of the faith title and replace it with defender of faith and defender of the Divine. The letter reveals the archbishop’s reaction.

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October 29, 2005 update: “Prince Charles to plead Islam’s cause to Bush” reads the Sunday Telegraph headline. The text by Andrew Alderson tells how the prince of Wales will try to persuade George W Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since September 11. The Prince, who leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day tour of the US, has voiced private concerns over America’s “confrontational” approach to Muslim countries and its failure to appreciate Islam’s strengths.

November 3, 2005 update: Ali Sina proposes a reason for Charles’ attraction to Islam, suggesting that he may be tired of democracy: “Does he secretly envy the Islamic system of government where the rulers have absolute power and can even impose morality on their subjects?”

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If King Charles III was already “tired of democracy” and was about to impose Islamist Sharia “morality” on his subjects, can the Britons accept such agenda of their king?

Queen Elizabeth II has died; the page of history has turned. The passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest serving monarch, has shocked and saddened much of the world despite the sovereign’s declining health and her 96 years of age. Just months after having joyfully celebrated her platinum Jubilee commemorating 70 years on the British throne, she has passed.

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The daughter of King George VI, Britain’s wartime King, Princess Elizabeth assumed the throne in 1952 after the untimely passing of her Father. Though coming of age during WWII, she possessed what the British called the indomitable “Blitz Spirit,” the young Queen in a sense bridged two historical and social periods; the War and post-war austerity period and that of a very different modernizing post-colonial Britain. What some described as Cool Britannia.

Just before her reign, while visiting Capetown South Africa, Princess Elizabeth stated somberly, “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong”.

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As a Constitutional Monarch, she appointed fifteen prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill and ending with Liz Truss.  Just days earlier at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle, she accepted the ceremonial transfer of power to the new Conservative Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Two days after stepping down as prime minister, Boris Johnson wrote, “This is our country’s saddest day…wave after wave of grief is rolling across the world”.

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Two days into her new role, Liz Truss said the Queen had been “the rock on which modern Britain was built”.  She added, “Britain is the great country it is today because of her”.

Extraordinarily during the course of three days, the United Kingdom had two Prime Ministers, saw the passing of the Queen, and the elevation of the new King Charles III.

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Elizabeth’s life encapsulated duty, faith and grace with an amazing wit, while at the same time being the devoted mother to four children, the oldest being Charles, now 73 years old who has become King.  While family problems often befuddled Queen Elizabeth and her loving husband Prince Phillip who died last year, the monarch remained steadfast in her service to the nation.

The Crown series on Netflix has done an admirable job in presenting her storied and sometimes tumultuous reign.

During three visits to the USA, she helped nurture the Anglo/American “special relationship”.

While visiting New York in 2010, she established a garden to particularly honor the British and Commonwealth victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.

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Over the years she met thirteen American presidents starting with Harry Truman and going to Joe Biden, thus witnessing an amazing swath of history.

Indeed, the Queen was the last global leader from the WWII generation to have served during that time in the military Auxiliary Services.

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Her official BBC Obit read in part, “The long reign of Queen Elizabeth II was marked by her strong sense of duty and her determination to dedicate her life to her throne and to her people”.

The crown now passes to Prince Charles, who has become King Charles III.

As sovereign, King Charles becomes head of the Commonwealth, an association of 56 independent countries and 2.4 billion people.  For 14 of these countries, including the United Kingdom as well as Australia, Canada, the King is head of state.

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But she has reigned for an age; something like 90 percent of the people living in the world were born during her reign.

Elizabeth II offered stability in the midst of a changing country now facing uncertainty. Not surprisingly, millions of people lined up in gratitude and grief to see her lying-in-state and to watch her state funeral.

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The royal family embodies the role of tradition, not in a stodgy and static way, but one of underscoring historic continuity, honor and selfless service to the nation.

As Fraser Nelson wrote in the Spectator, “The relationship between the country and the Queen is something quite extraordinary, something far beyond the realms or understanding of politics”.

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The groundswell of popular sympathy, support and solidarity by the British people for this magisterial queen was unparalleled.

Continuity now sees that the crown changes to her son Charles who has become King. But I am writing with near certainty that never again will anyone reading these words witness a British monarch with such a long and glorious reign.

The United Kingdom is facing severe economic hardship, not least of all from the Ukraine war and the ensuing European energy shortages. There are alarming signs that this hardship may continue to worsen in the coming days, months and years. Cruel realities may ultimately force the Briton in raising question about continuation of monarchy which lives in unimaginable luxury and wealth, while their subjects would face day-to-day challenges of survival. Shall this lead to a revolution against the monarchy in Britain?

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Sohail Choudhury is the Executive Editor of Blitz

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