The last episode in the epic series that tells the gripping saga of the world’s most famous dynasty airs on Wednesday 29 March at 9.00pm on Channel 4.
Prince Charles is the most outspoken heir to the throne in the Windsors’ history. He’s promised a vision for the monarchy that’s radically different from his mother’s. But will his reign make or break the Windsor dynasty? From the age of 20, Charles is determined to do something as Prince of Wales and not just be a playboy ‘ribbon cutter’ waiting for his mother to die.
By the time he’s Prince William’s age, he’d set up the Prince’s Trust to help unfashionable causes like drug addicts and homeless young people. He’s prepared to wade into controversial political issues like immigration and relations between Islam and the West. In 1999, he snubs the Chinese President, insulting his mother and angering the Labour government. And as The Guardian revealed in 2014, after a ten-year legal battle, he writes hundreds of ‘black spider’ memos lobbying government minsters about his various hobbyhorses. They’re so embarrassing that the government decides to save the Prince from himself by exempting the Crown from the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
Courtiers insist that when he’s king, Charles will observe constitutional boundaries, but will the leopard really be able to change his spots? In the words of one of the Prince’s fiercest critics, the historian Sir Max Hastings: ‘It would be very rash for those around the throne to take the continuation of the monarchy for granted. Support for the monarchy is much more fragile in a very swiftly changing 21st-century environment.’
Producer and Director: Maninderpal Sahota
Executive Producers: Denys Blakeway, Nick Bullen
Series Producer: Leonie Jameson
Production Company: Spun Gold Television
The Royal House Of Windsor Episode 6 (of 6) airs on Wednesday 29 March 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on Channel 4.