Failed assassination attempt on King Charles was actually a political demo

Footage of a "failed assasination attempt" on Charles III before he was King has resurfaced, but by the shooter's own admission the incident was actually a political demonstration.

The footage from an event in Sydney, Australia, back in 1994, shows the moment attacker David Kang shot two blanks at the then Prince Charles with a starting pistol, before coming within a metre of him on stage.

Charles was seen standing up and approaching the podium to speak to the crowd at Darling Harbour when the chaos ensued as the first shot captured his attention.

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And while Royal fans swooned over Charles' relaxed response to danger, it actually wasn't an attempt on his life – but a political demonstration about refugees.

Kang later claimed he fired the shots as a protest against the 'extremely traumatic experience' of more than 100 Cambodian asylum seekers held in detention camps in the country.

Kang wrote in a letter to Charles before his trip of his belief that children born at the center were "suffering at the hands of the immigration department," and that the facility was a "modern day concentration camp."

A response from one of the now King's secretaries stated that while Charles "understands the strength of your concerns…this is not a matter with which he can become personally involved."

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The then-university student was later found guilty of threatening unlawful violence and sentenced to 500 hours of community service.

In 2005, Kang, who is now a qualified barrister, spoke about what happened to The Sydney Morning Herald: "What happened 11 years ago was an extremely traumatic experience and I have certainly moved on in my life and now I have become a barrister here in Sydney.

"To think about it even now unsettles me a little bit… what happened back then was extremely traumatic and the effect it had on my family was deeply upsetting."

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