King Charles pays tribute to his late mother the Queen, fails to mention Harry and Meghan in his first Christmas address

King Charles III brought back memories of his late mother on Sunday, Queen Elizabeth the secondas he sent his first Christmas message as monarch in a speech in which he also praised the “selfless dedication” of Britain’s public sector workers, many of whom are in dispute with the government over pay.

Charles, 74, also empathized with the recorded message featuring people struggling to make ends meet “at a time of great fear and need.” Like some other parts of the world, the UK is struggling with high inflation which has plunged many households into a cost of living crisis.

King Charles III gives his Christmas speech
King Charles III is pictured in this image released on December 23, 2022. seen during the recording of his first Christmas broadcast in the choir of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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However, the king’s initial comments were reminiscent of his mother, who died in September at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne.

“Christmas is a particularly poignant time for all of us who have lost loved ones,” said Charles. “We sense their absence in every familiar season and remember them in every cherished tradition.”

Karl ascended immediately to the throne after the Queen’s death. His coronation ceremony is scheduled for May.

He wore a dark blue suit for his televised Christmas message. Unlike Elizabeth, who often sat at a desk to deliver the annual speech, Charles stood next to a Christmas tree at St George’s Chapel, a church in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where his mother and father, Prince Philip, were buried.

Charles said he shares with his mother “a belief in the extraordinary capacity of every human being to touch the lives of others with kindness and compassion and to shine a light on the world around them.”

“The essence of our community and the very foundation of our society” is evident in “health and social workers and teachers and indeed all those who work in the public sector, whose skills and commitment are at the heart of our communities,” the king said.

Strikes by nurses, ambulance crews, teachers, postal workers and train drivers this month have pressured British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government. Opinion polls show a high level of support for workers, particularly nurses. Unions are targeting wage increases in line with inflation, which stood at 10.7% in November.

Rising food and energy prices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have taken a financial toll on many individuals and families.

Through video footage of food banks and other charity work, Charles expressed his sympathy for “those at home who are finding ways to pay their bills and feed their families and keep them warm.”

Also reaching out to people of other faiths in the UK and across the British Commonwealth, Charles said the meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ transcends “the limits of faith and belief”.

Charles believes the monarchy can help unite his country’s increasingly diverse ethnic groups and faiths. It’s part of his effort to show that the institution is still relevant.

The six-minute message ended with an appeal to heed “the eternal light,” which Charles said was a key aspect of Elizabeth’s belief in God and belief in people.

“So whatever your faith or yours, I believe that in that life-giving light and in the true humility that lies in our service to others, we can find hope for the future,” he said.

The king did not mention this recent noise about this month Netflix documentary series on the acrimonious separation from the royal family that came with the decision of his son Prince Harry and daughter-in-law Meghan to step down from royal duties and move across the Atlantic.

Harry and Meghan discuss the royal rift in the final episodes of the Netflix docuseries


Video footage accompanying the Christmas message showed working members of the royal family at official events. Harry and Meghan didn’t show up and didn’t Prince Andrewstripped of his honorary military titles and deposed as working king for his friendship with notorious US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

However, Andrew did accompany Charles and other senior royals on a Christmas morning stroll to a church near the family’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

The King and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, led family members to a service at St Mary Magdalene Church. They included Prince William, Charles’ elder son and heir apparent, and William’s wife Kate, as well as the couple’s three children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.

They were accompanied by Prince Edward, Charles and Andrew’s younger brother, and his wife Sophie.

King Charles III celebrates the first Christmas as a monarch with the royal family
Prince Charles walks with his wife Camilla, Queen Consort and other members of the royal family. They attended Christmas Day services at Sandringham Church on 25 December 2022.

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After the family entered the church, parishioners sang “God Save the King” followed by the Christmas hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

Sandringham has been the private country home of four generations of British monarchs for more than 160 years, but this was the royal family’s first Christmas there since 2019, according to Britain’s Press Association news agency.

Elizabeth spent her last two Christmases at Windsor Castle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Crowds lined the streets near Sandringham to greet the Royal Family’s Sunday for their return to bank holiday tradition.

“King Charles will be thinking of his mother, of her legacy. They’ll think about it over Christmas,” said John Loughrey, 67, who lives in south London and camped out overnight to be first in line. “It will be a sad time and a happy time for her. That’s the way it has to be.” King Charles pays tribute to his late mother the Queen, fails to mention Harry and Meghan in his first Christmas address

Rick Schindler

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