Signatories recall that the last Welshman to hold this honor was killed by the British in 1282.
The monarchical version of the game of musical chairs. Upon the announcement of Elizabeth II’s death on 8 September, her son, Charles, automatically became the new ruler of Great Britain with the name of Charles III. An ascent to the throne that made him automatically lose the honorary title of Prince of Wales, which he had held since 1958, a function recovered in fact by his own son William.
During his first public speech, which was broadcast on British television, Charles III mentioned precisely this transfer of power.
“Today I am proud to appoint him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru (the word translated into Welsh, ed), the country that I have had the privilege of bearing the title for so much of my life and duty,” he said.
With his wife Kate, they will be “our new princes and princesses” adds Charles III. This position will lead them to “inspire and guide our national discussions,” he said.
“An insult to Wales”
Only problem, William, like his father, is absolutely not from Wales and has no real ties to it. This anomaly, 25,000 Welsh want to denounce it by signing a petition published on the Change.org website, asking for an end to this title out of respect for their history.
“The title remains an insult to Wales and is a symbol of historical oppression. The title implies that Wales is still a principality, undermining Wales’ status as a nation and country,” write the petition’s creators, who also recall that the title has no constitutional role as Wales is a decentralized country “with a national parliament” which, among other things, has not been consulted by the royal family for the transfer of the title.
In their argument, the latter recall that the last truly Welsh Prince of Wales dates back to Llywelyn the Last, in 1282. He had been killed by English soldiers and “his head was then paraded through the streets of London and placed on a point of the Tower of London, ”it reads.
In conclusion, the signatories address the members of the royal family directly, asking them not to perpetuate, “only out of habit and without thinking, this tradition that sounds like a humiliation for our country”.
Wales is a constituent nation of the United Kingdom but, as part of the devotion of powers established by the British Parliament, since 1999 it has had a National Assembly which has been empowered to pass laws since 2011. If the Welsh language is recognized as an official language , the country is the only one that does not appear on theUnion Jackthe national flag of the United Kingdom.