In his festive broadcast, Charles III shows solidarity with those struggling to pay their bills amid cost of living crisis.
The King has urged the public to find hope at a time of “great anxiety and hardship”, in his first Christmas broadcast.
In a notable departure from tradition, His Majesty made only the briefest reference to other members of the Royal family – mentioning only the Prince and Princess of Wales by name and avoiding any acknowledgement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He was not surrounded by any family photographs.
Instead, he recognised the difficulties experienced by those struggling to “pay their bills and keep their families fed and warm” during the cost of living crisis, and warmly praised those who “readily respond to the plight of others”.
NHS staff, teachers and public sector workers were singled out for recognition, at a time of widespread industrial action over pay.
The King also used the message to highlight his personal commitment to the other religious faiths of a diverse Britain, and said that “whatever faith you have, or whether you have none … I believe we can find hope for the future.”King Charles Christmas message 2022: Find hope during ‘great anxiety and hardship’