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Clarence House denies that as a teenager, Prince Charles was a "vocal supporter" of Scottish nationalism


A new book claims that Prince Charles was a "vocal supporter" of Scottish nationalism who would sing "Freedom for Scots" as a student.

Royal writer Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said her late husband, journalist Ross Benson, who was a classmate of Charles, revealed in a sham debate how the young heir to the throne was passionate about the side of the Scottish nationalists.

However, Clarence House has denied that the prince, who as heir to the throne is forbidden to interfere in the world of party politics, has participated in more than one fictional debate.

The surprising support for the nationalists is described in Seward's latest book, which tells how the Duke of Rothesay, Charles & # 39; Scottish title, as a student at Gordonstoun School in Moray, fought for the SNP in the faux elections.

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Prince Charles was a "vocal supporter" of Scottish nationalism who sang "Freedom for the Scots" as a student, as a royal expert has claimed in her new book. The claims were denied by Clarence House. (Pictured: The Prince of Wales outside Trinity College Cambridge in 1970)

Ingrid said, “Usually Charles had a look in the middle of the street and was never extreme about anything.

He prepared his speeches diligently, but none of the quick flashes of inspired thoughts or sudden hilarious comments his father is famous for.

But one of the rare occasions that Charles flourished was during the school's bogus elections. Charles became a vocal supporter of the nationalists.

& # 39; In his Stewart kilt, he marched up and down during the 'campaign' shouting 'Scotland forever', 'Freedom for the Scots' and 'Down with the rule of Whitehall'.

Along with his other political supporters, he held up a banner that read: "Vote for the Scottish Nationalists".

Ingrid added, “Charles continued to have a warm relationship with Alex Salmond and they often shared dramas.

Charles, pictured at the Mey Highland Games in 2019, campaigned for Scottish nationalism in a mock election at his school, the Gordonstoun School on Moray, and even called for Scottish nationalism, according to Seward

Charles, pictured at the 2019 Mey Highland Games, campaigned for Scottish nationalism in a mock election at his school, the Gordonstoun School on Moray, and, according to Seward, even called out "with the rule of Whitehall"

Salmond, who got along well with the Queen because of his shared love of horse racing, beamed at Charles for believing that anyone who loved Scotland was fine with him.

“And from what Charles did at Dumfries House, he saw that he really loved Scotland.

“But Charles has never had the same relationship with Nicola Sturgeon. It's polite and courteous, but more professional. If she knew that Charles would one day stand up for independence, the relationship might be warmer – and he would be more accepted by his "fellow nationalists".

The royal writer, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, says her late husband journalist Ross Benson, who was a classmate of Charles at the school, revealed the story to her. (Pictured Charles with the Cambridge University Chancellor on his first day at Trinity College)

The royal writer, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, says her late husband journalist Ross Benson, who was a classmate of Charles at the school, revealed the story to her. (Pictured Charles with the Cambridge University Chancellor on his first day at Trinity College)

Ingrid, editor of Majesty magazine, with her late husband Ross Benson on their last vacation together in Mustique in 2005

Ingrid, editor of Majesty magazine, with her late husband Ross Benson on their last vacation together in Mustique in 2005

"Given the current climate for independence, it's very amusing and a little embarrassing."

Ingrid continued: & # 39; My husband Ross and Charles were members of the same discussion society, the & # 39; Sophists Club & # 39; which was located in the home of the English deputy master Eric Anderson (later headmaster of Fettes and then Eton!). They were driven home by Charles & # 39; detective Michael Varney.

When Charles spoke in a debate he was left with all traces of shyness and he was one of the best debaters, although Ross found his views a little illogical but always clear.

& # 39; The subject of monarchy was strictly taboo. But Charles prepared his speeches with notes and spoke convincingly.

He made many speeches in support of his party, the SNP, and a Tory supporter reminded him that he was Prince of Wales, not Scotland! "Freedom for Wales too," he said in the next election.

“He loved Scotland, loved wearing his kilt, and on the last day of school the Queen came to see him and he wore his Hunting Stewart kilt in her honor.

Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay, as he is known in Scotland, and Camilla Parker Bowles leave Canisbay Church near the Castle of Mey in Caithness in 2005

Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay, as he is known in Scotland, and Camilla Parker Bowles leave Canisbay Church near the Castle of Mey in Caithness in 2005

"He was also fond of Scottish poetry and Robbie Burns was one of his favorites and had a book of Scottish ballads that he carried around and memorized."

Charles has been a student at Gordonstoun since 1962 and is believed to have campaigned for the SNP in the school's sham election before the actual 1964 general election, won by Labor's Harold Wilson. The then leader of the SNP was the journalist Arthur Donaldson.

During his tenure the party began to grow and show its presence in Scottish politics.

Donaldson, an inspiring speaker, rave supporter as he toured industries and constituencies.

The party won the by-election in Hamilton in 1967 and elected more votes than any other party in the 1968 Scottish Local Authority elections.

During the 2014 independence referendum campaign, the Queen said she hoped people would think very carefully about the future.

The comment was directed to a Wellwisher outside Crathie Kirk near her Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire.

During the 2014 independence referendum campaign, the Queen said she hoped people would think very carefully about the future while speaking to a Wellwisher outside of Crathie Kirk near her Balmoral Estate. Her Majesty pictured at the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering in 2014

During the 2014 independence referendum campaign, the Queen said she hoped people would think very carefully about the future while speaking to a Wellwisher outside of Crathie Kirk near her Balmoral Estate. Her Majesty pictured at the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering in 2014

Reports followed that the queen was becoming increasingly concerned about the vote.

Royal officials insisted that their remark did not violate their "constitutional impartiality", adding that "the monarch is above politics".

Although Charles has reportedly described Gordonstoun as "Colditz in kilts", he has also praised the school, stating that it "taught him a lot about myself and my own abilities and disabilities".

"It taught me to take on challenges and take the initiative".

He became Guardian or Head Boy and left in 1967 with six GCE O-Levels and two A-Levels.

Charles & # 39; SNP days are described in Seward's new book about his father, Prince Philip Revealed, by Simon and Schuster, priced at £ 20.

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