King Charles Christmas speech PULLED APART by David Starkey – ‘Pull your finger out and do better!’
The King’s Christmas message was the most-watched programme on Christmas Day.
The King has used his first Christmas broadcast to sympathise with families struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and praise individuals, charities and faith groups supporting those in need.
Charles spoke about the “great anxiety and hardship” experienced by many trying to “pay their bills and keep their families fed and warm” during his televised message, which featured footage of a food bank and other scenes of meals being distributed to the homeless.
The country is grappling with an economic crisis due in part to the war in Ukraine and the monarch also praised volunteers, paying tribute to the “wonderfully kind people” who donated food or their time.
Charles delivered his historic Christmas broadcast standing in the quire of St George’s Chapel, mirroring the late Queen’s 1999 festive address, and it followed his mother’s well-established template, a personal reflection on the year, touching on current issues and with a Christian framework.
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But the King also recognised other faiths, highlighting how religious communities were helping those in financial difficulties and, like Christians, believed in the “power of light overcoming darkness”.
The central theme was a celebration of “selfless dedication”, a value embodied by Queen Elizabeth and reflected in the actions of many, from the emergency services to public spirited individuals, which helped to build and strengthen communities.
The pre-recorded message began with Charles reflecting on how he was standing “so close to where my beloved mother, the late Queen, is laid to rest with my dear father” in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, and he thanked the public for the “love and sympathy” expressed in cards and messages of condolence.
However, historian Dr David Starkey was not a fan of the speech, telling Steve N Allen the King needed to “do better.”
Criticising the speech, Dr Starkey said: “You realise a week had been spent thinking about that blue suit, the tie and the pocket handkerchief. I reckon about five minutes had been spent thinking about the text.
“They’re going to have to start thinking. He is going to have to start thinking.
”Come on Charles, pull your finger out, do better, think harder, we’ll take you more seriously.”
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