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Prince Charles’ COVID Window Of Opportunity

September 21, 2020

By Paul Homewood


h/t Philip Bratby/ Robin Guenier



Charley Boy is at it again!



The Prince of Wales has warned the climate crisis will "dwarf" the impact of coronavirus.

In a recorded message, to be played at the virtual opening of Climate Week on Monday, Prince Charles said "swift and immediate action" was needed.

The prince said Covid-19 provided a "window of opportunity" to reset the economy for a more "sustainable and inclusive future".

He added that the pandemic was "a wake-up call we cannot ignore".

In his message, recorded from Birkhall in the grounds of Balmoral, Prince Charles said: "Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to ‘reset’ for… a more sustainable and inclusive future."

"[The environmental] crisis has been with us for far too many years – decried, denigrated and denied," he said.

"It is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic."


I’m not sure what this “window of opportunity” is. Surely he does not mean we should all accept a permanent 20% drop in GDP, unaffordable government borrowing, millions of job losses and draconian restrictions on our personal freedom?


Maybe Charley would like to set us all an example and sell the four mansions,  Clarence House, Highgrove, Birkhall and Llwynywermod, which he lives in at various times of the year, and move into something slightly less energy intensive.

Suggestions welcome!

  1. robin Lambert permalink
    September 21, 2020 7:24 pm

    In the Words of Alan B’stard His ‘Climate’ arguments go down Quicker,than jugears on Camilla…

  2. September 21, 2020 7:25 pm

    Charlie needs to learn to shut his mouth and stop playing politics. With the best will in the world the Queen can’t live forever. In a short time from now we will have King Charles.

    That may be the point numerous Commonwealth countries decide it is time to be a Republic.

    The Queen has done a peerless job of being a neutral head of state. A political King could be the end of the monarchy in the UK. Having a head of state by accident of birth is barely justifiable. The only thing that makes it acceptable to me is that the Queen has shown she can be neutral in a way former politicians can’t.

    King Charles or President Blair? Tough choice.

    • Curious George permalink
      September 22, 2020 12:20 am

      For an aristocrat, he is surprisingly democratic. He talks to his houseplants, and he expects as much input from a common man as he gets from royal plants.

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        September 22, 2020 8:35 am

        He’s sectionable, a proper Charley. Just go straight to Wills and Kate.

  3. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    September 21, 2020 7:30 pm

    Suggestions welcome!

  4. Harry Passfield permalink
    September 21, 2020 7:38 pm

    Charles grew up (and still has yet to reach maturity) with the likes of van Der Post and Porrit wittering in his ear and, latterly, Attenborough. I would like to think he might like to include someone like Lindzen in his circle, I’d pay to see that conversation.

    • robin Lambert permalink
      September 21, 2020 7:42 pm

      Schellenberg? And Ex Greenpeace Founder and Extinction rebellion leader,Now Working for Nuclear Power/…He is Light on Logic,big on ‘Jam’ Prices and other foods on his estates…

  5. Ajax Ornis permalink
    September 21, 2020 7:40 pm

    There’s no need to be excessively rude to and about Prince Charles, but I do agree that he should now be actively encouraged to call it a day on these two really dodgy and scientifically unknown topics. Kingship beckons him at the sort of age when most people retire, so he should be seriously preparing. The very best thing he should be doing now is to read, mark & inwardly digest the wondrous words of notalotofpeopleknowthat. How might we make that happen ? Incidentally I would not bother to try to do the same for that sad old lost cause called Attenborough.

    • September 21, 2020 11:36 pm

      “There’s no need to be excessively rude to and about Prince Charles” WTF !!

      He speaks like an ill-educated fool, ( presumably he thinks like an ill-educated fool ,) He acts like an ill-educated fool, therefor he should be treated like an ill-educated fool.

      He is excessively rude by pontificating from a hypocritical privileged standpoint about things he doesn’t understand.

      • Ajax Ornis permalink
        September 25, 2020 11:34 pm

        My word! You have some unholy trouble in your underpants don’t you? Calm down dear !

  6. September 21, 2020 7:41 pm

    He’s too late! In his Richard Dimbelby lecture in 2009 he “calculated” that we had 96 months to save the planet. Same reasons (unfettered capitalism etc.). I make that two years we’ve been destroyed. Will anybody in the BBC or the Grauniad ask him the obvious question? (i.e. why don’t you just shut up you fool?).

    • Joe Smith permalink
      September 21, 2020 7:51 pm

      His mother, the long-standing queen learned how to be successful and popular. The more times goes by you are the backdrop to most people’s lives, you do little and say less.
      Charles appears to have not learned that lesson so may well put a republic up the agenda.

      • September 21, 2020 9:32 pm

        I have faithfully served H M The Queen all my life and I admire her without reservation. I am unlikely to survive her but were that to happen I would be sorely tempted to consider changing to a republic as the time has come, I believe, to abolish Royalty and its many worthless offspring together with the House of Lords all of which is a serious drag on the country. No more Princes or Dukes, or Princesses nor Lords. What a relief!

  7. David Vanegas permalink
    September 21, 2020 7:44 pm

    Don’t forget his “100 months to save the world from climate change”. June 2009

    • charles wardrop permalink
      September 21, 2020 10:41 pm

      He simply does not understand the realities of AGW nor of the Monarchy and would nearly certainly be a very poor exponent of the latter, as would ANY former politician as republican Heads of State. Think of Blair, Brown, Cameron, May and so many more. No grace or talent.

      We have been so lucky with George VI and his daughter.

      Who knows, the better King might be William, who married well and has the probably sensible guidance of his wife and her family.

      Though this Heir to the throne must mean well, he is a dummy who is unlikely to change.

  8. Harry Passfield permalink
    September 21, 2020 7:50 pm

    Oh dear!!! Something for the PoW to get behind – and for us to laugh about:
    “Airbus reveals ‘zero emissions’ hydrogen-fuelled aircraft for 2035” DT.

    Now, how long did it take to Concorde or Airbus into the air? And ‘they’ think this going to happen before the magic date of 2035.

    People like Charles want to uninvent great progress and waste money and skills developing technology that was abandoned years ago.

  9. C Lynch permalink
    September 21, 2020 8:04 pm

    A third rate pseudo intellectual who craves relevance. Nothing suits the intellectually limited as a cause better than CAGW theory. It’s really easy to grasp its puerile articles of faith and repeat them like a mantra.

    • robin Lambert permalink
      September 21, 2020 8:07 pm

      It is Indeed a religion ,with St.Greta &St.Emma as its standard bearers?…However outside the Mainstream media SARS” 2 ,has revealed ‘climate change indifference’ by European voters there is hope..!

  10. Broadlands permalink
    September 21, 2020 8:15 pm

    “It is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

    How could anything be more devastating to global economies than the impact of the rapid reduction in CO2 emissions that the pandemic travel lockdown created? The world is still suffering. Does Prince Charlie really think that a different result would take place if further reductions in CO2 emissions were to continue? And, reductions in emissions do not reduce the CO2 we have already added. Who is advising this Prince?

  11. September 21, 2020 8:26 pm

    Bit confused wrt comments – this is not directly related to the Prince Charles post, but does come from the BBC… Elephants dying in Botswana:

    “Toxins made by microscopic algae in water caused the previously unexplained deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana, wildlife officials say.”

    Later we read: “Cyanobacteria are toxic bacteria which can occur naturally in standing water and sometimes grow into large blooms known as blue-green algae. Scientists warn that climate change may be making these incidents – known as toxic blooms – more likely, because they favour warm water.”

    There is, of course, nothing in the report to back this up – no “scientists” are quoted – and I cant believe standing water is usually cold in Botswana

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      September 22, 2020 7:20 am

      Water in Botswana is highly seasonal and it can get very cold at night in the Kalahari which makes up most of the country. Its generally very hot during the day in the summer, which us when there’s standing water.

  12. Mack permalink
    September 21, 2020 8:39 pm

    Only four houses? You missed Dumfries House, in Ayrshire Paul, which he acquired from the Marquess of Bute, on behalf of the nation of course, whose taxpayers bought it. He spends a lot of time there. Interestingly, the Butes made all their money digging coal. Ooh, the irony. Anyway, I’m pretty relaxed about the fact that Charles thinks we are even more doomed than we were a few years ago when we were really, really doomed. And, of course, when COP 25 eventually returns next year we’ll then be really, really, really doomed unless we change our wicked ways! With the Covid inspired sharp drop in man made emissions this year making no impact whatsoever on global co2 levels, the overriding lesson for us all would seem to be ‘keep calm and carry on’!

    • Steve (original) permalink
      September 21, 2020 9:23 pm

      The future Dick Head of State has also treated himself to a luxurious holiday home in Transylvania. Perhaps he could be sent there after being declared unsuitable and Willy taking over with a warning to shut it if he wants the job.

    • September 21, 2020 9:25 pm

      Yes, he’s also got Dolphin House in the Scillies, where he pops off for the odd long weekend. (He owns the whole island apparently!)

  13. JimW permalink
    September 21, 2020 8:57 pm

    I reckon Mummy has a note signed off somewhere passing on the monarchy to his eldest son. She is not daft, and knows Charles could literally be the death of the monarchy and the Commonwealth.

  14. Coeur de Lion permalink
    September 21, 2020 9:44 pm

    He’s never specific about what he wants done. There’s no plan in his undereducated little noddle, just a warm buzzing noise. Very sad. And I’m a servant of the Crown

  15. John Moore permalink
    September 21, 2020 9:59 pm

    Princess Anne for Queen!

    • Mack permalink
      September 21, 2020 10:13 pm

      Indeed. In a rare recent interview, Princess Anne stated that she doesn’t discuss ‘climate change’ with her brother. Their views differ quite markedly, apparently. Anne is a great champion of the environment but seemingly doesn’t necessarily believe that trashing it to protect it and returning to the Stone Age is the most sensible course of action in trying to change the weather. Wise woman!

      • Harry Davidson permalink
        September 21, 2020 10:27 pm

        Don’t boost her up too much. She is very good in some senses but you wouldn’t want to work with her, you certainly wouldn’t want to work under her.

    • Ariane permalink
      September 22, 2020 8:54 am

      His sister is much more intelligent, very hard-working and disciplined.

  16. 2hmp permalink
    September 21, 2020 10:07 pm

    I would suggest Prince Charles spends a few hours watching all the GWPF Annual Lectures and the ask himself where his theories correspond with what he has learned.

  17. Tonyb permalink
    September 21, 2020 10:16 pm

    Prince charles has completely convinced me but I am not at liberty to divulge how

    Sir Tonyb.

    • Curious George permalink
      September 22, 2020 4:45 pm


  18. Harry Davidson permalink
    September 21, 2020 10:25 pm

    One good thing may come out of Covid. It may eventually dawn upon our illustrious leader, head girlfriend and associated members of the cabinet that they have been comprehensively twonked by the self important scientists who they have completely trusted. Those who have worked in Universities, in science, know these guys for what they are. Earnest beavers much given to hubris who you wouldn’t trust with your lunch.

    When this starts to die down (politically), and they realize what has been done to them, how their stature has diminished, and how badly the country has been damaged, they may to begin wonder about all those super confident climate scientists.

    One can but hope.

  19. I_am_not_a_robot permalink
    September 21, 2020 10:41 pm

    ‘Billions of people around the world are longing for concerted action to right the balance of this planet that we [presumably pluralis majestatis] have rashly disrupted, millions of younger employees of countless companies and corporations are desperate for action’.
    ‘Swift and immediate action’ ‘window of opportunity’ ‘a wake-up call we cannot ignore’.
    Empty rhetoric on and on and on.
    I pity anyone unfortunate enough to have to sit through a speech or conversation with the likely future head of state of Australia.

    • I_am_not_a_robot permalink
      September 21, 2020 11:35 pm

      Those younger employees of corporations, and His Royal Highness for that matter, could resign tomorrow and settle into a remote bothy up north, no-one is forced to use modern hydrocarbon fuels.

      • Chris permalink
        September 22, 2020 12:05 am

        I like the way you think! Not to mention express oneself in the comments section. Well done

      • I_am_not_a_robot permalink
        September 22, 2020 4:39 am

        Ta very much.

  20. Gamecock permalink
    September 21, 2020 10:56 pm

    ‘to reset the economy for a more “sustainable and inclusive future”.’

    Very good, sir. We’ll put some Bangladeshi and Somali families in your houses. If that’s not inclusive enough, let us know. We’re sure there are some Punjabis who would like to be there, too.

  21. Jackington permalink
    September 21, 2020 11:12 pm

    I must have missed something. Is today the start of Climate Change Week? Are we supposed to be doing something about it?

  22. Shoki Kaneda permalink
    September 21, 2020 11:59 pm

    The only “swift action” that needs to take place is ending the monarchy when Elizabeth dies.

  23. Armagh Man permalink
    September 22, 2020 1:06 am

    Aahhh Climate Change, the reddist of red herrings!!! It’s all about socialism and it’s levers on control. Climate is but the trojan horse of the left, nothing more, nothing less. So there!!

    • Jongo permalink
      September 22, 2020 4:58 am

      Right on the money.

    • Ariane permalink
      September 22, 2020 3:01 pm

      So is Prince Charles a socialist?

  24. September 22, 2020 1:14 am

    “The Prince of Wales has warned the climate crisis will “dwarf” the impact of coronavirus”

    The key word here is “will”.
    It’s been that way for a while.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      September 22, 2020 2:08 am

      I think not ‘will’ but ‘might’.
      When I started looking into the claims of coming warming I read 2 of the IPCC chapters on “The Science” not the summary for policymakers. There was a book published around that time called Weasel Words, and that title kept coming to mind as I read.
      The most unconvincing waffle about what ‘might’ ‘could’ ‘may’ ‘is projected (by models)’ I have ever read. Then I read SkepticalScience and caught them lying outright about something that I had researched, (nothng to do with AGW but an attempt to blot out the Medieval Warm Period), so I became a climate sceptic.

      Anyway it is 40 years since NASA (through James Hansen) assured us that disaster was coming. And 32 years since he predicted that it would be 3℃ warmer by now and The Maldives and lower Manhattan would be underwater by 2018.

  25. September 22, 2020 3:30 am

    He spent a couple of terms at Geelong School in Australia where there was a strong interest in environmentalism and outdoor pursuits. He studied archaeology at Cambridge where there no minor qualification in geomorphology as there was at Edinburgh. Therefore his grasp of Climate Changes since the beginning of the current Interglacial would not be great. Indeed graduates from Cambridge were scathing about Edinburgh and the London University Institute of Archaeology where such concentration on environmental archaeology was current. Things have changed but he is still stuck in that mind set along with other Cambridge graduates of similar age I have come across.

  26. Phoenix44 permalink
    September 22, 2020 7:24 am

    Leaving aside the Climate Change nonsense, this is economic stupidity. All the productive assets we had before Covid still exist – this wasn’t a war where stuff got destroyed. Pubs and restaurants might have gone bust but they are still there, same with everything else. We don’t need to “rebuild” we just need to stop being taken for fools by panicked, ignorant politicians and get back to life.

  27. Stephen Lord permalink
    September 22, 2020 7:40 am

    Time for the peasants to tighten their belts! So desperate to be relevant he is useless

  28. Robin Guenier permalink
    September 22, 2020 9:19 am

    Without swift and immediate action, at an unprecedented pace and scale, we will miss the window of opportunity to ‘reset’ for… a more sustainable and inclusive future
    (Prince Charles – September 2020)

    Now where have I heard that before? Hmm…

    governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.
    (Noel Brown, UN official – June 1989)

    we have a 10 year window to get ourselves in a position where we can seriously do something about climate change.
    (Caroline Lucas – April 2005)

    I think we have a very brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change … no longer than a decade, at the most.
    (James Hansen – September 2006)

    We have a small window of time in which we can plant the seeds of change, and that is the next five years. We cannot afford to waste them.
    (James Leape, WWF – May 2007)

    And – not least:
    the world faces what is probably the last effective window of opportunity to … agree an ambitious, equitable and far-sighted multilateral settlement in the context of the … U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
    (Prince Charles – May 2014)

    • Curious George permalink
      September 22, 2020 4:47 pm

      Time to clean windows.

    • September 22, 2020 7:32 pm

      I could nominate *someone* to do us all a favour and jump out of that window.

  29. September 22, 2020 9:43 am

    Thailand maybe.

    You never need to heat your home and along the southwest coast it never gets so hot that you would need air conditioning. All we use is a little cooling fan. As for entertainment we have swimming and fishing as well as golf courses. Maybe he can bring his buddy Sir whatshisname the collapse-of-civilization guy. He really really needs to retire. Way past time.

  30. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 22, 2020 9:56 am

    A window of opportunity to try autodefenestration, hopefully.

    • September 22, 2020 10:41 am

      “Self-defenestration or autodefenestration is the act of jumping, propelling oneself, or causing oneself to fall, out of a window.”

  31. Tony Drew permalink
    September 22, 2020 10:06 am

    Just been reading Bjorn Lomborg book “ False Alarm”, I think Prince Charles should do the same!
    Tony Drew

  32. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 22, 2020 10:51 am

    GWPF (Peiser) on UK Talk radio, no great revelations, but anyway:-

  33. Vernon E permalink
    September 22, 2020 10:55 am

    After reading Tom Bower’s brilliant biography of Brian nothing he says surprises me. He is a very mis-guided, devious and thorouhly nasty person – think Diana.

  34. Gerry, England permalink
    September 22, 2020 11:18 am

    If we had a functioning media he might be asked to provide one provable example of the so-called climate crisis but sadly we don’t have such a thing. The media children are only able to focus on one thing at a time and have got lots of lovely fresh doom and gloom on the virus to fill their pages.

  35. Mad Mike permalink
    September 22, 2020 11:25 am

    The prince said Covid-19 provided a “window of opportunity” to reset the economy for a more “sustainable and inclusive future”.

    He added that the pandemic was “a wake-up call we cannot ignore”.

    “[The environmental] crisis has been with us for far too many years – decried, denigrated and denied,” he said.

    So he managed to get the right buzzwords in “sustainable, inclusive” and lumped climate change, the environment and the pandemic in to the piece as well telling us that they were all part of the same problem.

    I’ll take this guy more seriously when he does away with his entourage, his gas guzzlers and frequent plane journeys whilst moving to a modest house in the suburbs. That would show commitment.

    Keep your mouth shut Charlie. You’ll seem more intelligent that way.

    • Gamecock permalink
      September 22, 2020 11:53 am

      “It is better to remain silent, and appear foolish, than to speak up and remove all doubt.”

      • John189 permalink
        September 22, 2020 10:26 pm

        Si tacuisse, mansisses.

  36. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 22, 2020 12:09 pm

    People are so brainwashed by propaganda that nearly every mention of this triple earthquake story on social and MSM outlets has someone asking about fracking!

  37. David permalink
    September 22, 2020 6:08 pm

    Some years ago I wrote to Prince Charles with a well reasoned plan for reducing the devastation of the Brazilian rainforest. I never received even an acknowledgment of my letter.
    He should be more concerned that Extinction Rebellion,Black Lives Matter , The Labour Party. the Democratic Party, Half our MPs and China are systematically coniving to destroy everything that our civilisation has created.

  38. Magnum permalink
    September 22, 2020 6:27 pm

    It has been brought to my attention that Prince Charles claimed the world wide military should be brought in to help people to understand the problems with climate change, now wouldn’t that be a “wonderful” idea, NOT. Such a pity he has no understanding of the real problems in the world!!

  39. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 22, 2020 9:28 pm

    Talking of COVID, what the hell is the idiot Boris doing now?

    Whatever is being measured as the ‘2nd wave’, it clearly has only a tiny uptick in deaths in Spain and France and will be no different in the UK.

    The view nationally already hints that it may have almost peaked again, if you look at local data, like West Sussex or London, you can see the ‘2nd wave’ appears to be clearly declining. It doesn’t look like we will follow the steady trajectory of Spain/France let alone the exponential growth of the modeling morons.

  40. September 22, 2020 10:14 pm

    His Royal Highness will be the head of the Church of England someday. If he can’t believe the ancient creed – he must believe some alternative creed. He believes in the authority of ‘climate’ scientists. He is a man of faith – please understand, experimental science has nothing whatsoever to do with Prince Charles beliefs.

  41. Micky R permalink
    September 23, 2020 3:01 pm

    The Queen has done an excellent job over the decades, but when she goes then that really needs to be the end of the British monarchy. Charles is dangerous, I wonder if he could be sectioned re: talking to plants?

    • robin Lambert permalink
      September 23, 2020 7:28 pm

      Is Prince Charles a Plant? or Doppelganger for Greta Thunberg?..

  42. September 30, 2020 6:31 am

    The Royal Family only cost £85 million a year. If I only had £85 million I can think of a lot of things I would rather spend it on. They are cheaper than any of the rest of Europes Royal Families. But since the institution of the EU removed sovereignty the roles for sovereigns became redundant. Yet they are still here. Why?

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