Brian has been in the news again.
This time for giving a speech on the occasion of being awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa title by Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj on May 29th. You can read the full text of the speech here. Eloquent and displaying a clear and very real love for Romania it nevertheless carries all the traits of a typical Charles Romania speech, which can be paraphrased as: ‘you lucky little people with your backbreaking work and outside toilets.’
As we have said one thousand times before, the Romania Charles loves exists only in his head. He endlessly romanticises peasant life, and in finding ways to support people living these lives, Charles is irrefutably helping to keep them where they are. This of course fits in with his world view: the idea that there is a natural order of things, and that everyone should know their place. If you are born a prince you must stay a prince. If you are born a peasant you must stay a peasant. The idea of social mobility does not exist for someone like Charles.
His love for Romania may be real. Such a shame that the idyllic, happy peasants toiling in the fields Romania he loves is not.