A Timeline: Did Brexit and Turmoil at 10 Downing Buttress Charles's Position?
Charles, set to have his coronation on May 6, pushed for the "Great Reset" with the World Economic Forum. His position was shored up by the turmoil of Brexit, the pandemic and apparent chaos of 2022.
The British monarchy has been a constant source of scandal, some hyped, some obscured: Andrew’s association with Jeffrey Epstein, Charles’s relationship with Camilla, which apparently re-started in 1986 when he was married to Princess Diana and she was married to Andrew Parker Bowles. In 2021, the Guardian reported: “Revealed: Queen lobbied for change in law to hide her private wealth.”
Still, the institution stands, despite the attempts by reformists to end it. It has proven useful in many ways for the wider establishment. A close examination of the timeline of Brexit and the seeming political chaos of Britain in 2022 in the office of the prime minister just as Elizabeth was dying, raises the question of how much the turmoil of those two crises helped shore up the monarchy.
That is, did Britain leaving the EU in 2020 and prime ministers shuffling in and out of 10 Downing Street in 2022 help strengthen Charles’s grip on the throne?
Further, with the expectation that Charles is secured on the throne, can Britain go back to the EU? If so, Brexit would effectively have served a remarkable purpose. It could hardly have been planned better for the monarchy.
Substantial movement to end the monarchy was further muted in part because the British people have been effectively stripped of other identity. They are not in the EU. They didn't have a serious prime minister to stabilize the country. Even Corbyn is outside the Labour leadership. Add to that the general dislocation brought on by Covid and policies implemented around it. So that positioned Charles to be in the catbird seat and, thus far, ensure the continuity of the British monarchy at a critical moment in history despite glaring vulnerabilities of the institution generally and of him in particular.
The monarchy is not what the fawning media show:
2013: The Guardian reported: “Christopher Geidt: the suave, shrewd and mysterious royal insider: MPs have in the past asked in the Commons whether Geidt – now the Queen's private secretary – was a member of MI6”. (MI6 is the British equivalent of the CIA. This Guardian report was based in part on reporting by John Pilger. The litigious Geidt apparently forced the paper to backtrack from some of their reporting.)
Elizabeth would effectively facilitate Boris Johnson’s 2019 Brexit. On Aug. 28, 2019, she granted the Tory his request to suspend parliament to pave the way for his version of Brexit. “The. Queen. Did. Not. Save. Us.” tweeted Labour MP and former frontbencher Kate Osamor. Shortly afterwards she added: “The queen should look at what happened to her cousin Tino ex-King of Greece when you enable a right-wing coup! Monarchy abolished!” “Constantine II” died earlier this year.
The following month, on Sept. 24, the British supreme court unanimously ruled that the suspension of parliament was unlawful.
(Another utterly bizarre aspect of Brexit’s timing is that unfolded in a manner which saw Jeremy Corbyn, who had been a great critic of the EU, running for prime minister when, as Labour leader, he seemed compelled to oppose Brexit. Also, in years past, Corbyn had co-signed a proposal by his mentor Tony Benn, to democratize Britain and abolish the monarchy.) (Added: and Liz Truss called for abolition of the monarchy in 1994.)
But reforms like getting rid of the monarchy have been pushed off the agenda. Rather, what is pushed are plans of elites like the World Economic Forum.
In June 2020, Charles made a push for “The Great Reset Initiative” — an “economic recovery plan” drawn up by the World Economic Forum released during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was launched with a video statement and a produced video featuring Charles who called it “a great opportunity.” Much of this was slickly couched in eco-friendly terms.
Charles proclaimed of the World Economic Forum’s plans: “We have no alternative” — claiming that if those plans are not implemented “we’ll have more and more pandemics.”
(Vanity Fair in 2022 reported on “a long-running connection between the British royal family and the early scientists whose research made concern for the environment and the ‘quantity’ and ‘quality’ of the population into major issues…. Movements toward appreciation of nature and the eugenic improvement of society both have their roots in the British aristocracy, and many of its practitioners were awarded by and even close to the royals—including some people who were alive during Philip's lifetime.”)
June 2, 2022: AP reported: “Queen Elizabeth II to miss Platinum Jubilee service amid ‘discomfort’” On June 24, 2022, the Australian press reported: “Shocking new photo of Queen raises concerns.”
Shortly after this apparent downturn in Elizabeth’s health, the government of Boris Johnson collapsed, on July 7, 2022, ushering in a period of months of apparent chaos in British politics. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth’s health declined.
Liz Truss finally became prime minister on Sept. 6, 2022 and would be the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.
Queen Elizabeth died two days later, on Sept. 8, 2022.
Truss was seen scurrying to meet with Charles in Buckingham Place on Oct. 13 in what seemed to be an attempt to hold on to her office. As he greeted her, Charles muttered “Back again? Dear, oh dear.”
(All the bashing of Truss reminded me at the time of hysterical protests by some Muslims against all things Danish in 2005 because of cartoons while the US government got away with using mass violence to rip Iraq apart.)
Thus, Truss’s troubles not only distracted from Charles’s consolidation, they buttressed his position. Truss was constantly ridiculed as some compared her tenure with the shelf life of a head of lettuce. Charles was thus effectively seen as an anchor of stability, the responsible grownup in the house. Any chance the monarchy would be seriously questioned was effectively kept off of the public agenda.
Addendum: After writing this, after Charles was coronated on May 6, I put out a news release on May 9, 2023: “British Monarch’s Anti-Catholic Pledge”. It struck me as I put that out that Biden had visited Ireland a few weeks before that. This adds another layer to the story: Was the Biden visit meant to appease Catholics and others who might have been more fervent in their objections to the anti-Catholic pledge Charles was about to give at his coronation?
Similarly, Rishi Sunak, a Hindu, became prime minister the month after Elizabeth died. This also could be seen as presenting a facade of religious freedom to defuse the pledge that Charles gave at his coronation: “I Charles do solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God profess, testify, and declare that I am a faithful Protestant, and that I will, according to the true intent of the enactments which secure the Protestant succession to the Throne, uphold and maintain the said enactments to the best of my powers according to law.” (Added May 25, 2023.)