More than 26,000 people have signed a petition to remove the Prince of Wales title from William. According to them, it constitutes “an insult to Wales” and this distinction constitutes “the symbol of historical oppression”.
A new title that goes wrong. With the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, Charles immediately became the new King of the United Kingdom. This accession to the throne then caused him to lose his honorary title of Prince of Wales, which he had held since 1958, this title automatically returning to his son William.
However, from a historical point of view, the Prince of Wales should be from Wales or have a real connection with it. However, the last two holders of this title, William and his father Charles III, did not meet these conditions.
This anomaly prompted more than 26,000 people to sign a petition posted on change.org asking to end this title “out of respect” for their history.
“The title remains an insult to Wales and is a symbol of historic oppression. The title implies that Wales is still a principality, which undermines the status of Wales as a nation and a country,” the petition creator wrote.
“Furthermore, the title has absolutely no constitutional role for Wales, which is now a devolved country with a national parliament. Neither the Welsh Parliament nor the people of Wales have been notified, let alone consulted, about this controversial decision,” he added.
Charles, officially invested in 1969
As a reminder, the title Prince of Wales (Welsh: Tywysog Cymru) has been used historically by native Welsh princes since the 14th century. The last Aboriginal Prince of Wales was Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, killed in 1282 by King Edward I of England.
His head was then exhibited in the streets of the English capital and placed on a pike in the Tower of London. Llywelyn ap Gruffudd’s brother, Dafydd, was the first person of repute to be hanged, dragged and quartered and his head placed next to his brother’s.
To tame Wales, Edward embarked on a frenzied construction of castles including Caernarfon, where his heir, the future Edward II, was born in 1284.
He then bestowed the title of Prince of Wales on his son in 1301, and English rulers carried on this tradition with their heirs.
In choosing Caernarfon for Charles’ investiture in 1969, Queen Elizabeth II had made a controversial decision in itself.
Demonstrations had taken place around the castle, and nationalists had tried to plant a bomb on the railway tracks taken by Charles towards the ceremony.