Prince loses church confidence

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Prince loses church confidence

The Prince of Wales has lost the confidence of churchgoers, according to a new survey.

More than seven out of 10 (76 per cent) readers of The Church of England Newspaper said the Prince should not become Supreme Governor of the Anglican Church. The independent weekly paper, with a 25,000 circulation, blames the Prince's admission of adultery and subsequent divorce, and his comments about wishing to become "Defender of Faith" rather than "Defender of The Faith", for his apparent unpopularity.

"Prince Charles's efforts to be seen to play a greater role in the Church of England could be too little, too late," the newspaper says. "While there are many unanswered questions behind that response, there seems little doubt that Prince Charles will be hard put to allay the scepticism and downright opposition to his accession as head of the Church of England."