UPDATED: Letter to the ‘Belfast Newsletter’


In Saturday’s edition of your newspaper, there appeared an article headed:

Ben Lowry: There is no reason to think King Charles will be bad for the Union

If that hope is based upon the new king’s repeating promises that he will follow in his mother’s footsteps, I just wonder just how much dependance can be placed in such promises.

Were the late Princess Diana with us still, she might have had a ‘telling’ comment to make!!


Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

Kilskeery, Co. Tyrone


The above letter was not published by the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ until today, Saturday 17th September.

Few today like a dose of realism.

The contrast to our late Queen’s consistently public calmness was seen in the display of irritation and ill-temper, born of a life-time of undenied privilege, by the new king in the two instances of his pique toward his assistants over the pens on the table on which he was signing the declaration of his monarchy and again at Hillsborough Castle when his pen leaked!

I am confident that his mother never displayed such ill-manners! They show just what may be expected in larger measure when he feels he can abandon the ‘show’ he has been exercising in the wake of his mother’s passing, aimed at having people forget his adulterous marriage and that he is thereby totally unfitted to be a king.

Were there a ‘John the Baptist’ around today I know what he would say. “It is not lawful for thee to have her,” Matthew 14:4. I know also the new king would show a similar sign of disgruntlement as did Herod!