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Charles and Camilla are no Will and Kate

- May 14th, 2012
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attend an event at the Royal British Legion in Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 9. (Photo: David Moir/REUTERS)

Is it just me, or is it really hard to get excited about the upcoming royal tour?

I highly doubt we’ll see the crowds we did last summer when Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, came to Canada for a good week of touring the country.

And Charles and Camilla won’t draw the crowds the Queen does, either.

They’re coming to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but there are many in Canada who’d rather they not bother. Some will argue that in rough economic times, Canada shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden of hosting the royals — costs that will include security for events.

But there will be some crowds as Charles and Camilla tour through New Brunswick, Toronto and Regina, just not huge crowds. In their November 2009 tour, Charles and Camilla failed to get crowds out for events, including at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

It’s a short trip — just three cities in four days. Much of the focus will be on military and charities. They’ll also take in fireworks in Toronto to celebrate Victoria Day.

It’s not an overly exciting itinerary. And, if I’m being honest, it’s one that’s hard to get too excited about. While I’m sure it will be a delight for those who get to meet the royal couple, it won’t really affect anyone else in Canada (except for the royal watchers, who will soak in every bit of the tour, no doubt).

It’s different when the Queen comes and she attends the same sorts of events, because it’s the Queen – everyone’s favourite grandmother!

But unlike the Queen and Will and Kate (and Harry – Harry, when are you coming to Canada?), it’s really hard for the majority of people to get excited about Charles and Camilla. While I think Camilla is an interesting lady, and she’ll be good for a few photoshoots because she does fun things like hold guns on TV sets, Canadians just aren’t as connected to Charles as they are his mother and his children.

Charles is seen as the stereotypical Brit — stiff upper lip, little emotion, not very loving, and very professional about everything. And, after polling some colleagues around me, they all determined the same thing: He’s dull.

Yes, he has his causes he’s passionate about. He is an environmentalist. He is one of the biggest supporters of the “buy local” movement. He has a number of charities. But when it comes to who would you rather shoot shit with over a beer in a bar, most would say one of his sons before they’d consider Charles.

We know very little about Charles and it does not seem like most Canadians care to know more.

Let me know what you think about Charles.

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15 comments

  1. Mr. Terry Mester | May 15, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I personally am tired of all the dumping on Prince Charles and the Duchess Camilla. They’re good people trying their best. For my part, like the Princes Will and Harry, I’ve moved on in life from the 1990s. It’s been fifteen years since Princess Diana’s death, and intelligent people have moved on. Charles & Camilla will make an excellent King & Queen of Canada, and I for one am pleased to know that Camilla has Canadian roots!

  2. Sean Raleigh | May 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    “We know very little about Charles and it does not seem like most Canadians care to know more.”

    With dribble like this it’s not surprising you don’t know much about him. Seems like you only want to learn about the “exciting” royals, the ones who get drunk, dress up in Nazi uniforms and wear designer clothes.

    Go back to your blogging now…

  3. Kim L | May 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Obviously whoever wrote this article didn’t catch the program I watched interviewing Prince Charles about himself and the boys and the years after Diana passed. He was an absolute blast, very amusing, loves his children with the whole of his heart. Funny listening to him talk about banging on the ceiling with a broom late one night to get the boys to turn their music down. Taking Christmas photos of the boys standing inside giant urns on the palace grounds. This man is finally happy beyond belief. Who are you kidding – he’s great!!

  4. Brian | May 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Charles and Camilla really are so terrific together, there’s a tremendous appreciation for the warmth and delight they bring to things!

  5. Ted | May 20, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I’m rather tired of questions being raised about the monarchy or specific members of it every time a royal visit is planned. We’re either a constitutional monarchy or we aren’t…and last time I checked we were. The monarchy is tightly interwoven in our history, heritage and parlimentary system. It is an institution with a human face.

  6. Karl Topnik | May 20, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Who did you say Charles is? Is he a prince of England, the guy who cheated on Diane? What a prude! And he has the gall to come here to Canada and annoy us more. Let the Canadian Gov’t know there are better ways to spend our money. But since he has a “royal” title I suppose we could be nicer about it. However, if it came to ask Prince Harry, I say, YES! Invite him over for a visit anytime! He’s got character!

  7. Ron | May 20, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Why would any true Canadian care about the English royalty ?

    I could care less whether Charlie is dull or funny.

    Just a bunch of English nonsense.

  8. Linda | May 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

    It’s always been “Charles and Camilla”…. as much as we all loved Diana, Charles was hurting for Camilla. She is the love of his life and they are now happy and together. Many never have the guts to make such a bold and unpopular move. He is a good son to the Queen and he tried to do what she wanted. But it hurt many in the long run, including Camilla. They should of let him love her years ago. Have they done a movie yet on this? It’s really a wonderful love story.

  9. Kevin | May 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The monarchy is an expensive figurehead with no benefit to Canada. Why should we care. If they want to have a vacation in Canada then they should pay their own way.

  10. Ronnie B | May 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I am getting rally tired of our hard earned $$’s being wasted on royal visits. The accomplishes NOTHING. Especially when those $$’s are spent on a wastrel like Chuck.

  11. George Alder | May 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Who cares??

  12. Frank Tavos | May 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    “He is an environmentalist. He is one of the biggest supporters of the “buy local” movement.”

    No wonder people don’t like him – those are two very good reasons to dislike him immensely.

    @Ron: I think you mean to say that you COULDN’T care less. If you COULD care less, that means there are other things that you care even less about. I’m pretty sure that’s not what you meant. Pay attention to what you’re writing.

  13. David | May 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I have nothing against a single member of Britain’s royal family. Citizens of the UK love them for many reasons, and I see them as having many admirable qualities.

    In addition, I have no interest in Canada departing the British Commonwealth (or the Francophonie for that matter). That we a member state is a simple fact of history.

    However, I long for Canada to grow up, end its “constitutional monarchy” and allow its citizens to elect their own “head of state”.

    In 2017, Canada will be 150 years old. I think that’s old enough for us to safely “fledge” and put the finishing touches on our “democracy”.

  14. Mr. Terry Mester | May 28, 2012 at 12:09 am

    The following would be constitutionally required to abolish the Canadian Monarchy to become a republic:
    1) It is also necessary to abolish the Crown which has been the legal entity behind Canada going back 515 years to John Cabot’s founding of Newfoundland;
    2) It would require that the 145-year-old Parliament of Canada — the fourth oldest Parliament in the World — be abolished in order to create a new republican Parliament;
    3) It would require that the 145-year-old Queen’s Privy Council for Canada be abolished to establish a new republican Executive Council;
    4) It would mean that the Provinces would no longer be united by the Crown & Monarch, but would be separate like the American system; and
    5) It would mean that Canada would secede from the English Common Law Legal System in order to establish our own new common law like the defective American Legal System.

    In a nutshell, to abolish the Monarchy means taking Canada of 1867, as bestowed upon us by our great Fathers of Confederation, and throwing it into the garbage bin of history! Who but an insane nihilist would advocate doing this?

  15. Carolelinda | August 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Their story goes way back; Charles should not have married a woman as lovely as she was, whom he did not love, and he did NOT love Diana. Sadly, she did love him. He always loved Camilla and who are we to say what did or does he see in her? We all loved Diana, and her death was a terrible tragedy, but I feel that Camilla is entitled to some respect and from most sources, she is supposedly a nice person.

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