Charles: The Prince of Wails

The end draws near as a deeply self-pitying Charles bares his soul

Last week Queen Elizabeth II was doing the sort of thing a 20th century monarch is supposed to do: moving gracefully through a state visit to Russia, the first ever by a British sovereign. At her side was her consort, the Duke of Edinburgh, elegantly performing his task, which is simply to support her. Custom and ceremony incarnate, they were national symbols to be proud of.

Back on home turf, another royal couple was doing what the world has become all too familiar with: the Waleses were slugging it out in the headlines. Bitterly estranged for nearly two years, both Prince...

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