King Charles III was involved in a nasty run-in with a disgruntled critic when he greeted well-wishers in Wales.
The 73-year-old British monarch met with thousands of locals on the streets of Cardiff on Friday local time after attending a prayer service and reflecting on the life of the Queen at Llandaff Cathedral alongside Queen Consort Camilla.
But not everyone was happy to see His Majesty: one man managed to get the attention of the former Prince of Wales before he began to blast him about the monarch’s use of taxpayer dollars.
“Charles!” the man can be seen screaming before Charles approaches him to hear what he has to say.
The man continued: “While we are struggling to heat our homes, we have to pay for your parade! The taxpayer is paying $100 million for you.”
The guard quickly stepped between Charles and the man before the visibly distressed royal turned away from the bully, quickly brushing off the meeting while shaking hands with enthusiastic fans.
Veteran British broadcaster and outspoken royalist Piers Morgan slammed the clip on Twitter, writing: “Imagine doing this to a man whose mother died a few days ago? So disgusting.”
It was the first time Charles had visited Wales since taking the throne since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, and the reception was cold in some places.
Another clip that surfaced on Twitter showed people booing the new king and his queen consort as they arrived at the cathedral.
Welsh actor Michael Sheen, who recently made headlines with his incredible impromptu speech about what he would say if given the opportunity to set the Welsh football team on fire ahead of the upcoming World Cup match against England, uploaded eight minute video on twitter explaining why the community feels resentment towards the new monarch.
Beginning with condolences to Charles and the royal family and paying tribute to the “extraordinary” Queen, the 53-year-old actor detailed how 16 September was a milestone for the Welsh as they historically celebrate their 14th birthday. figure of the century, Owain Glyndŵr, who led a rebellion against King Henry IV of England in an attempt to “liberate his nation”.
“Owain Glyndŵr’s vision of what Wales could be and what he started to try to build started with him proclaiming himself the native Prince of Wales,” Sheen explained.
“[He] led a rebellion that lasted 15 years, but was eventually put down, and that was the last time a root prince of Wales was in Wales.”
Sheen went on to explain how, in the 13th century, King Edward I of England named his son Prince Edward the first official British Prince of Wales, which Sheen described as “a symbolic act of reproach, punishment and humiliation for Wales” to “stop the development of the Welsh nation”.
“Therefore, this date, September 16, is important to many people in Wales, because it marks the moment when Glyndŵr claimed the title of Prince of Wales,” Sheen added.
“Choosing September 16th to come to Wales, having shortly before proclaimed his son Prince William the new Prince of Wales… If this were deliberately chosen, I’m sure many people would find it quite offensive to those who celebrate Owain Glyndŵr. trying to liberate this nation from the oppressors of the English monarch of that time.”
40-year-old William and his 40-year-old wife Kate Middleton were nicknamed the Prince and Princess of Wales after the Queen’s death.
The Duchess of Cambridge became the first woman to hold the title since the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
Meanwhile, the royal family is preparing to say goodbye to the queen at a memorial service to be held on Monday at Westminster Abbey.