Earlier this week, I wrote that it’s hard to get excited about the royal tour of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The royal couple will be in Canada for a three-city, four day tour starting Monday in New Brunswick and wrapping up in Regina.
I said I suspect many people aren’t excited about the tour for the same reason — they see Prince Charles as dull compared to other royals.
Some people disagreed with me, saying I clearly didn’t understand the man.
But I am not alone in not understanding Prince Charles.
And now is his chance to prove himself to us.
They did the weather at the BBC in Scotland. Camilla held a prop gun on the set of her favourite TV show in Scandinavia. What will they do there that will make Canadians sit up and take notice of the royal couple? What will they do to make Canadians thing, “We were wrong – they’re not so dull.”
I already think Camilla is pretty cool – I like that she does stuff during usually-boring media photo-ops. She’s refreshing.
So now, it’s up to Prince Charles.
Some of you will argue Prince Charles has nothing to prove – he will be king. That should be enough for us.
But I would argue he does need to prove he’s likable because we are still his subjects, and he needs our support. The royal family needs us to love him, or, at the very least, like him as our future monarch.
I applaud the prince for his work with charities and environmental causes. I think it’s admirable the efforts he has put forward to bring important causes to the forefront, to get people talking about them.
I do believe he has a funny streak and I’m ready for him to show us. Maybe a stint beside Don Cherry during a Coach’s Corner segment? Announcing a Jays game? Heck, even a repeat of doing the weather would be great.
I’m ready for people to forget the tampon comment, forgive him for the affair (because, if we’re honest, Diana was no saint herself in her marriage), and embrace our future king.
But I also believe he has a role to play to help us overcome the stereotypes we’ve associated with him for so many years.
It’s a pretty traditional tour when it comes to the itinerary, but that doesn’t mean this royal couple can’t have a little fun.