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Charles just can't wait to be king

There really is nothing better than a good, old-fashioned petty argument, especially when you’re not the one involved. It becomes amusing to see how low the two sides can go. But in the end, don’t we all win by laughing at their childish behavior?

King Charles III spent much time in the news this week, but not even for something he did. In the Walt Disney Company’s ongoing battle with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, it seems the Mouse House has landed a knockout blow. The Reedy Creek Improvement District stripped away all power from the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District and invoked what is now being called the “King Charles III clause.”

Charles Just can't wait to be king

King Charles III Official Royal Portait

The clause doesn’t allow the new board to do much of anything. And in an all-time petty move, the Walt Disney Company approved the clause to stay in effect until “21 years after the death of the last survivor of the descendants of King Charles III, King of England living as of the date of this declaration.”

Why King Charles III? Who knows? How long will that be? The House of Windsor, of which Charles is a member, began in 1917 with King George V. Considering Charles currently has five grandchildren, the youngest of whom is two, it seems his line may continue for at least the next 100 years.

But now it seems Charles isn’t going to let the Walt Disney Company have all the fun. The BBC has announced that for his Coronation on May 6, Charles has picked some particularly interesting music.

Charles Just Can't Wait to be King

The Lion King Credit: Disney

It is no secret to anyone who knows the Royal Family or watched The Crown that Charles has wanted to be King of England since the 1980s. His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was the longest-reigning monarch in the history of the United Kingdom. She sat on the throne for over 70 years until her death in September 2022.

Now, at 74, it’s Charles’ turn to reign. And his plans on doing it up right as his coronation. There will be the usual pomp and circumstance, but one set of songs, in particular, stood out. A children’s choir will sing “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from The Lion King (1994), written by Sir Elton John.

The song was made famous by young Simba singing about what he would do when he was finally able to reign over Pride Rock and take over for his father, Mufasa. Charles isn’t trying to hide his longstanding desire to reign, but wait, there’s more than that.

Charles Just Can't Wait to be King

(L-R) Simba (voice by Matthew Broderick), Rafiki (voice by Robert Guillaume), Kiara, Nala (voice by Moira Kelly)
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The choir will also sing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” a seemingly appropriate song for the occasion, and “Be Prepared” from the Lion King. It sort of makes you wonder if Charles has even seen the movie, as “Be Prepared” seems an inappropriate choice for the occasion.

For those who don’t remember, “Be Prepared” was Scar’s song to the hyenas, essentially telling them how he would murder his brother and take over the kingdom. It doesn’t seem to work for a coronation. But there it will be anyway.

Perhaps someone should sit the new king down and show him The Lion King before all of this happens in May. But even if it still happens, you’ve got to love the pettiness of it all.

We will continue to keep you updated on this story at Disney Fanatic.

About Rick

Rick is an avid Disney fan. He first went to Disney World in 1986 with his parents and has been hooked ever since. Rick is married to another Disney fan and is in the process of turning his two children into fans as well. When he is not creating new Disney adventures, he loves to watch the New York Yankees and hang out with his dog, Buster. In the fall, you will catch him cheering for his beloved NY Giants.

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