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Prince Charles has been royally mocked after telling the British Parliament about the rising cost of living while sitting on a golden throne.
Prince Charles was forced to give his mother's speech at the House of Lords after doctors revealed Queen Elizabeth II continues to suffer from ‘episodic mobility issues’,
It's the first time the monarch has missed the speech to outline the government's legislative agenda in nearly 60 years.
The Duke of Wales said at the Palace of Westminster: “Her Majesty’s Government’s priority is to grow and strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living for families.
“Her Majesty’s Government will level up opportunity in all parts of the country and support more people into work.”
Look, it's a nice sentiment, but people found it a pretty awkward statement to make while sitting on a jewel-encrusted chair.
This section of the speech sent Twitter users into a frenzy, with many panning the ignorant comments and lack of self-awareness.
Wildly unhinged optics. Gloriously absurd. Absolutely top-tier visual satire. https://t.co/PT2nz71wQI— Cassie Evans (@cassiecodes) May 10, 2022
One person wrote: “How do you unironically read this speech surrounded by this much gold.”
Another person commented: “The man is really talking about a cost of living crisis that will push millions into poverty while sitting on a golden throne.”
A third person said: “I simply would have made this announcement from any other room, wearing any other outfit.”
Since the public response, a spokesperson for Boris Johnson has defended the speech to The Sun.
They said: “The public understands that we’ve already acted to address some of the immediate challenges facing the public.
“The Prime Minister and the Chancellor are very upfront that no government could address all of these global pressures that we’re seeing.”
It also probably didn’t help that the speech followed new research indicating the cost of living is only worsening, revealing that two million UK adults can’t afford to eat every day.
According to The Food Foundation, the UK has also seen a 47 per cent increase this year in households cutting back on food or skipping meals due to financial hardship.
The Guardian reports the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the findings were ‘devastating’ as they exposed that many families across the UK were food insecure.
“Boris Johnson is responsible for this crisis and has no solutions to fix it,” he said.
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