Twitter has left the Queen's English "under mortal threat," says Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales spoke out against "140 characters or less culture" at an event celebrating the Royal Mail

Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales tries a 1933 BSA 500cc motorbike used for delivering telegrams as he attends a eception to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Royal Mail [Chris Jackson / PA Wire/Press Association Images]

A known fan of letter writing, British monarch Prince Charles is not especially well known for his use of social media. But the outspoken crown prince has now revealed that he believes texting and tweeting have left the English language – as his mother speaks it, anyway – “under mortal threat.”

Prince Charles was speaking at an event to honour the 500th anniversary of the Royal Mail. Speaking to the gathered audience, he said: “In these days of texting and various social media apps, the well-constructed sentence is under mortal threat.

“I can only say how strongly I feel that the logical ordering of thoughts in proper, grammatically correct prose is in fact rather important at the end of the day.”

According to the Daily Mail, the prince is particularly displeased with the micro-blogging site Twitter, with the “140 characters or less culture” the popular website has fostered.

The prince, better known as a lover of horticulture and gardening, also admitted to being a self-identifying grammar nut and letter writer, has also made headlines in the past for supporting the grammar school model in the UK’s education system.

Reacting to Charles’s statements on Twitter, many were quick to point out that the British public never got to hear how the prince performed in the six O-Level exams he sat as a schoolboy, which included exams in English Language and English Literature – though it was revealed that he had to repeat his maths paper.

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