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Down with Charles

Prince Charles may be winning his charm offensive in Britain, but on his trips abroad he can be a liability to his country

By Helena Smith   January 1999

Britain and the royals. I’ve never been much of a monarchist-living in Greece there is little reason to be sentimental about the Queen’s head on a banknote. But in an old-fashioned, unthinking, sort of way I’ve always felt that the Windsor family were rather good roving ambassadors for Britain. Who isn’t mesmerised-if only momentarily-by the mystique of the world’s most celebrated unelected office?

Now that I have seen the Prince of Wales close up, on his recent trip to Athens-and seen the Greeks flinch at the sight-I am not so sure. Back in Britain, Charles may be winning his charm…

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