King Charles III was confronted by a protester during a visit to Wales on Friday who opposed public funding for the monarchy as Britain is plagued by the highest level of inflation in 40 years .
The explosion took place as Charles and his wife Queen Camilla visited Wales as part of a membership tour of the four nations that make up the UK, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in the age of 96 on September 8.
After attending a prayer service for the late Queen’s life at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, the monarch and his wife met members of the public on a walk.
Recorded by news cameras and uploaded to Twitter by Sky News, as Charles shook hands and spoke to well-wishers, a member of the crowd announced aloud: “Charles! While we struggle to heat our homes , we have to pay for your parade. The taxpayer is paying £100m for you, and for what?”
In response to the unidentified man who appeared to record the interaction on his cell phone, the king acknowledged him saying “oh” before continuing on the line of people.
Charles and Camilla were generally well received during their Welsh visit which also included receiving official condolences on the Queen’s death at a special session in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament).
There were a number of voices against the royal couple’s visit, however, including anti-monarchy protesters who booed as they arrived in Cardiff.
The unidentified man who raised the issue of royal funding with the King did so as talk of the cost of living grows among concerned Britons.
UK inflation hit 10.1% (year-on-year) in July, its highest level in 40 years, as rising energy prices left Britons bracing for a tough winter.
After the Cardiff showdown, it was revealed that Charles himself shared a concern about how warm people would be this winter, in conversation with Mark Dakeford, the First Minister of Wales.
Speaking to TalkTV’s Tom Newton Dunn on Friday night, Drakeford revealed the King spoke about projects he had been involved in to offer solutions to some of the problems the Welsh people may face in the coming months.
“The King has always had a very direct interest in what is happening in contemporary Wales, the future of our agriculture, the impact of climate change,” he said.
“He mentioned the impact of the cost of living crisis and its impact on people here in Wales.”
“He’s worried about how people are going to handle what’s going to be a tough winter,” Drakeford added later.
“He was interested in talking to me about some of the projects he had heard about or getting involved in the fight against, for example, food waste, making sure that we were not wasting a precious resource when some people might s ‘move on.’
The Prime Minister also added that the King remained “interested, as always, in the production of renewable energy here in Wales, and how it could play a greater role in future energy security”.
Charles has faced criticism since his rise to the money after it was revealed the monarch would not have to pay inheritance tax on the Queen’s personal fortune, estimated at $430 million.
Despite this, early public polls indicate that the majority of the British public support Charles as the new king.
In a survey conducted in the days following his accession, 63% of those polled said Charles would do a ‘good job’ as monarch, a figure that has doubled since May, when just 32% of respondents answered in the same way.
In a speech on the occasion of his accession, the prince said he would follow his mother’s example of public service and devotion to the country.