10:10 AM PT — King Charles just delivered his speech to the United Kingdom and the world, and he had a message for his family … including name-dropping Harry and Meghan, to whom he wished the best — even though they’re not directly involved with Royal duties anymore.
Charles’ remarks were poignant, but somewhat brief — he noted how sad he is, and also acknowledged how sad the United Kingdom is as well … highlighting what a beloved figure his mother was, and how well she served the nation throughout her long and storied reign.
He also touched on the fact that the world has changed a lot since she ascended the throne — and seemed to allude to criticism about the institution of the monarchy … but he defended it, saying the traditions and values that it upholds continue to carry weight — even today.
Finally, he discussed the new line of succession — pointing out that he’s obviously the King, Camilla is Queen Consort, and that Prince Williamand Kate Middleton are now the Prince and Princess of Wales. In the same breath, he also made sure to include PH and MM.
He didn’t assign them any titles — as they’ve stepped back from their Royal duties — but he did extend his love to them … saying he only hopes for their continued success in America.
King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla and Prince Harry were among several members of the Royal Family seen leaving Queen Elizabeth’s estate in Aberdeen, Scotland. All seemed to be in good spirits, despite what happened less than 24 hours before.
BBC World News
Charles arrived to Buckingham Palace just moments ago to a massive crowd, where he shook hands and greeted people with a smile.
In his first public speech as King, Charles will address the people today during a pre-taped message he’ll deliver from Buckingham Palace.