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Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron has responded to critics who have used the death of Queen Elizabeth II to attack the monarchy, calling out a former Obama official who described the captivity of Americans with the British royal family as a “weakness” that yearns for a time of “hereditary privilege”.
Cameron, who had weekly audiences with the queen during his six years as prime minister from 2010 to 2016, joined “The Story” on Monday for a wide-ranging interview in which he discussed his personal encounters with Queen Elizabeth and offered insight into the future of the commonwealth under King Charles III.
Asked about renewed criticism of Britain’s monarchical government, Cameron defended his country’s constitutional system, telling Fox News host Martha MacCallum that he sees great value in having a head of state who don’t be political.
“Even people who aren’t particularly crazy about the royal family still see the monarchy as something that brings us together,” Cameron said. “That’s the most important thing, a rock of stability in difficult times.”
Cameron later addressed a comment from MSNBC analyst and former Obama official Richard Stengel, who questioned Americans fixation with Royal family over the weekend, calling it a “weakness in the American character” that longs for a time of “hereditary privilege.”
“You have your system, we have our system,” Cameron responded emphatically. “I like ours because when we had our revolution, we didn’t get rid of the king. We decided to have a monarch who was sovereign, but parliament was our sovereignty, whereas his revolution took things further.”
Still, Cameron said he was blown away by the outpouring of love and support he received from his American friends in the days after the queen’s passing.
“Almost every American I know … has texted or emailed me to say we are sorry for his loss. I think we have great affection for our queen and great respect for our new king,” he said. “And I think a lot of that affection is felt in the United States.”
As for the future of the monarchy, Cameron said King Charles III he is a “very worthy successor” to the throne, describing him as “extremely intelligent, charming, and hard-working”.
“He has a great love for the institutions and histories of our country and he is going to fulfill it very well,” he said.
Amid geopolitical turmoil and tensions in the Atlantic over Brexit and trade issues, Cameron said King Charles III will serve as a “uniting figure” for Britons navigating a new prime minister and a sovereign king simultaneously.
“The politicians from below fight to get ahead… but the pinnacle of our system is Carlos III, our new king, who is the figure of unity,” he said.