AMANDA PLATELL: The King looked so tired in his latest official picture. As someone who greatly admires Charles, this would be my advice to him…

When our beloved Queen Elizabeth died in September 2022, many of us feared the succession would be difficult. She had been a cherished monarch who had guided us for more than 70 years, while her son Charles had often been a truculent and opinionated Prince of Wales.

But how successful our new King has proved. He steered the nation through that initial painful period, and has grown into a thoughtful and dutiful sovereign, emphasising again in this week’s Maundy Thursday audio broadcast that he is here ‘not to be served, but to serve’.

And yet, looking at the new portrait released to accompany his audio message this week, above,  I will admit I thought he looked tired ¿ very tired, writes Amanda Platell
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And yet, looking at the new portrait released to accompany his audio message this week, above,  I will admit I thought he looked tired — very tired, writes Amanda Platell

So determined is the King to carry on at all costs, he even plans to appear at the Easter Service tomorrow at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on the most venerated day in the Christian calendar.

And yet, looking at the new portrait released to accompany his audio message this week, I will admit I thought he looked tired — very tired.

The audio was recorded earlier this month in Buckingham Palace, making me wonder why he was unable to deliver the entire message on video — on the day itself. If nothing else, it would have reassured us.

Then again, what man wouldn’t look tired after going into hospital for a simple prostate operation only to learn — and then have to bravely reveal to the nation — that he had cancer?

Impressively, the King has insisted on working during his treatment, greeting ambassadors at home and poring over his red boxes of State.

It’s left me thinking: In a world full of fatuous, fake movie superheroes, we don’t need you to be superhero, Charles. We just want you well again.

In the two years since the Queen died, you have held us all together. With Queen Camilla by your side, we feel the Firm secure — even after Kate, your ‘beloved daughter-in-law’, revealed last week that she has cancer too.

The King leaving the London Clinic, where he had treatment for cancer, with Queen Camilla at his side
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The King leaving the London Clinic, where he had treatment for cancer, with Queen Camilla at his side

 

That’s a hell of a lot for any man, King or commoner, to cope with.

So I just gently say to the King: Thank you for your Easter message. Thank you for carrying on with your official duties, for reassuring us. But the greatest gift you can give us now is to look after yourself.

As someone who was a sceptic — yet who has come to admire you greatly — may I respectfully suggest you don’t need to feel you have to release messages or new photographs or appear in public. All we want is for you to get better. Take as long as you need. We will be waiting.

Time for a rest, Your Maj.

 

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