By William Ximena

London, September 20 (EFE).- The pressure being put on King Charles III, who in the same week lost his mother and ascended the throne after waiting for decades, has begun to take its toll on some audiences events, during which he was irritated by small details of the protocol.

Social media is burning with a video in which the 73-year-old monarch loses patience as he signs the guestbook at Hillsborough Castle, the official seat of government in Northern Ireland.

“For the love of God, I hate this pen,” says Carlos III, after smearing his hand with ink.

The monarch gets up from the table and, visibly angry, continues to express his frustration: “I can’t stand this damn thing! (…) They do it every fucking time! he complains, wiping himself with a handkerchief.

Carlos III’s anger had begun seconds before, when he realized he had signed with the wrong date. Exasperated, the monarch leaves the room without waiting for Camila, queen consort, who has not yet put her signature on the document.

The personality of the king, under the magnifying glass

King Carlos III follows with his family the funeral procession of Elizabeth II in London. EFE/EPA/NEIL HALL

This is not the first setback Carlos III has suffered with stationery in the first six days of his reign.

During the ceremony in which he was officially proclaimed sovereign, under the watchful eye of several former British prime ministers and the leadership of the state, the eldest son of Elizabeth II carried away with a misplaced inkwell .

His impatient gesture for an assistant to quickly move the object preventing him from signing comfortably also went around the world and sparked the first speculations about the personality of the new king.

British media scrutiny

Also under fire from the British media, his decision to lay off the hundred or so employees who worked at his official residence as heir apparent, Clarence House, once he became king, some of whom will be relocated to other posts.

Comparisons with her mother, Elizabeth II, who during her seven decades on the throne maintained the image of a discreet sovereign, diplomat and unaware of personal controversies, were inevitable.

Her eldest son, on the other hand, was embroiled in many controversies during his tenure as Prince of Wales and interfered in political affairs from which the Queen had always steered clear until now.

Speculation about some of his interference was confirmed in 2015, when the Supreme Court ordered the release of a series of documents, dubbed by the press the “black spider” letters. The current king has sent ministers and high officials for years to lobby for certain political interests.

The heir to the throne at the time abandons in these texts the traditional neutrality of the monarchy. He has expressed concerns about agricultural issues – the properties he controls include many farms and farms – genetic modification laws, global warming, social issues, as well as town planning and architecture.

Good setting in Northern Ireland and Scotland

King Charles III and Queen Camilla in Belfast. EFE/EPA/MARK MARLOW

Despite the protocol fiascos he has been embroiled in in recent days, Charles III has shown good harmony with the political leaders of Scotland and Northern Ireland during his first visits as monarch to both nations. British.

At the self-governing Parliament in Edinburgh, he received a warm welcome from pro-independence Chief Minister Nicola Sturgeon. “Your Majesty, we stand ready to support you, as you continue your life of service,” said the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), who praised the figure of Elizabeth II, whom she called “Queen of the Scots.”

Independentist Nicola Sturgeon: “Your Majesty, we are ready to support you, while you continue your life of service”

Travel to Belfast

The trip to Belfast was also peaceful, despite the fact that the memory of the 1979 IRA assassination of Luis Mountbatten, Carlos III’s great-uncle and mentor, hung in the air.

The new king, who visited the scene of his death in 2015 and then issued a message of reconciliation to “heal the wounds”, had friendly talks on Tuesday with representatives of Sinn Féin, the former political arm of the now inactive IRA and the main Irish Party since the May elections. They, for their part, presented their condolences to him on the occasion of the death of his mother.

One of the most talked about moments of the visit was a conversation with Republican leader Alex Maskey. “You are now the main party, aren’t you?”, comments the king, to which Maskey responds, with a certain complicity: “You are not going to say that to Jeffrey now”, in reference to Jeffrey Donaldson, leader Unionist, which he monitored on an ad hoc basis. from a short distance.

The solemnity presided this Wednesday over the procession of the mortal remains of Queen Elizabeth II through the streets of central London.

Written by Guillermo Ximenis. Edited by Nuria Santesteban

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