‘Lay off the guy!’ King Charles defended after he receives ‘totally preposterous’ backlash

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King Charles had a moment of annoyance when a fountain pen leaked while he was signing a book during his visit to Hillsborough Castle. The King has received some social media backlash over the incident after the video then shows the King saying “Can’t bear this bloody thing! What they do, every stinking time!” in a frustrated tone before he exits the room.

The video has faced some criticism on social media, as one user Twitter user, Toby Earle @TobyonTV wrote: “Monday: King Charles vows to continue Queen’s ‘inspiring example’ Tuesday: throws a wobbly over a pen.”

However, some people have been conflicted over the criticism His Highness has received over the pen incident. 

Jack Monroe, @BootstrapCook, wrote: “I’m a multifaceted human being + admit to being conflicted about the Royals discourse at the moment. 

“But Charles getting frustrated over a leaky pen, days after the death of his mother where he’s had no space + time to grieve, doesn’t feel like the gotcha everyone wants it to be?”

Presenter Dan Wootton spoke to Lady Colin Campbell on Tuesday evening on GB News about some online criticism King Charles is receiving over his fountain pen incident. 

Mr Wootton said: “I’m not actually going to show the video tonight Lady C because I don’t think it’s fair, but he’s actually copping a lot of abuse online about the fact he was annoyed regarding a pen at the ceremony earlier today. 

“And I just think, lay off this guy! He’s just lost his mum, he’s been working non-stop, it was a momentary lapse and I think the criticism has been highly uncalled for.”

Lady Colin Campbell, a socialite, tv personality and author who has published several books about the royal family, defended King Charles from the online backlash, as she said the criticism was “totally preposterous”. 

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Lady Campbell said on GB News that those criticising the King had likely “never used a fountain pen in their lives” and added, “they don’t understand that a fountain pen that leaks not only damages the document but it dribbles ink all over you and possibly all over your clothes.”

She continued: “It is extremely irritating, and I will say one thing in defence of the King, yes he is quick to anger but he is a very warm and kind and loving and conscientious person. 

“And if he shows his annoyance that is simply the fact that he is honest, forthright and  forthcoming.

“Why wouldn’t he be annoyed? I would put it to you practically anybody else in his shoes would have been annoyed, aside from the fact he is dog tired,  I know this from people who are close to the situation.

“He is totally run out, and not only is he totally run out but he has to be making extremely important political moves and speeches.”

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The socialite continued her defence of the King and said: “You know it wasn’t easy to go to Belfast and strike the right notes throughout, look at the way he waded into the crowds, you know. I mean, I’m sorry but we have much to praise him for and nothing to criticise him for.”

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were in Northern Ireland today as part of the royal tour after the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday. 

The new monarchs received cheers from the crowds in Belfast as they inspected rows of flowers put out in memorial for the late Queen. 

Lady Campbell finished the GB News conversation by adding: “Just because he was annoyed that the pen was leaking, the pen shouldn’t have been leaking, you know, it is as simple as that.

 “There’s a segment of the population that loves to condemn and loves to do it frankly ill advisory and sometimes plain plum stupid.”



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