A Mellow Monarch: King Charles Is 'Quieter' in New Documentary and Not the 'PR Disaster' He Was Predicted to Be

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A laughing King Charles III at the Royal Courts of Justice on December 14, 2023.

Dec. 27 2023, Published 5:54 p.m. ET

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King Charles is winning praise for his "laid-back" and "quiet" personality in the new royal documentary Charles III: The Coronation Year.

"Queen Elizabeth II was always going to be an exceptionally tough act to follow, and King Charles came to the role with his fair share of PR disasters (like the 1993 Tampongate scandal) under his belt," PR expert Luana Riberia told an outlet.

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King Charles III was 73 when he came to the British throne, unlike his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who was only 25.

"When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne, she was young and had an unblemished record in the eyes of the public. People knew little about her as a private individual, allowing her to retain an air of dignity and even mystery as the monarch. King Charles did not have this privilege and had already had a lifetime of being in the public eye. From the moment he became king, the British public already had a long list of opinions on his first marriage and divorce, his relationship with his sons, his marriage to Queen Camilla, and his opinions on the environment," Riberia added.

Acceding to the British throne at the age of 25 compared to Charles' 73 also allowed the late Queen to have what many royal historians call "a youth advantage" that brings with it automatic charisma. But despite his advanced age, the King is slowly becoming the nation and Commonwealth's "grandfatherly" figure instead.

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King Charles has had to address issues with both Prince Harry and Prince Andrew since becoming the monarch.

"Starting the role as someone people know so much about is challenging from a PR perspective, and King Charles has largely flown under the radar in the first year or so of his reign. He has rightly avoided doing anything that could be seen as obviously controversial, and has perhaps been a quieter monarch than people might have expected. He has had his moments — like the video catching him getting frustrated with a pen — but his main difficulties have been due to his family relationships," the PR analyst observed.

Riberia continued: "His strained relationship with Prince Harry and his son’s legal wrangles with the press will have caused King Charles and his PR team a major headache, along with the inevitable scrutiny of his relationship with his younger brother, Prince Andrew. But I think King Charles has been wise to remain quiet on these matters."

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King Charles has also had to face 'minor' criticism for his failed marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, since acceding to the throne.

There is also the Diana, Princess of Wales, "issue" that some commentators were worried both the King and his Queen would have to contend with, even over a quarter of a century after her tragic 1997 death.

"The sixth series of The Crown will have also added to his woes, with the first half of the season focusing on the death of Princess Diana. Although the show’s portrayal of his character was largely sympathetic, it will have inevitably stirred up the public’s emotions surrounding his first marriage and the way Diana was treated in a way which I imagine King Charles would have rather done without," Riberia concluded.

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Royal Ascot in June 2023.

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GBN interviewed Riberia.

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