A Report Card on King Charles’s First Year as Monarch, According to Tina Brown

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since King Charles, 74, ascended the throne after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96. And yet, here we are living in this new era of reign that, in many ways, still feels new to a lot of people. So, how did King Charles handle his first year as monarch

On a recent episode of Royally Obsessed, podcast co-hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie chatted with journalist and royal expert ​​Tina Brown, who has written novels about the British royal family (such as The Diana Chronicles and The Palace Papers).

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When asked about the king’s overall performance thus far, Brown revealed that His Majesty has done an “incredible” job of stepping into the role of monarch after his mother’s sudden passing. 

“It was also amazing how [King] Charles, right from the moment [the queen] died, he made a very moving address,” she explained on the pod (listen below). “And he has managed to [maintain] that tone throughout. But, that was pretty incredible given the stress of that week, where he was constantly on public show.”

The king’s first year certainly wasn’t an easy one. With the release of Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir, Spare, as well as the premiere of the explosive Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, King Charles experienced a whirlwind of change.

Despite the chaos, Brown admitted that the royal family handled everything “flawlessly.” She continued, “That could have thrown the whole story again. But, the [royal family] made the decision to keep going, come out in force, do your public service and everything will calm down. And they did it.”

Keep up the good work, King Charles.

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