In January 1994, a man fired two blank shots at Prince Charles during an Australia Day speech. Despite his conviction, the man who had attacked the son of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip now occupies an amazing position.
A radical change of life! On January 26, 1994, David Kang fired two blank shots at Prince Charles during an event in Sydney, Australia. At the time, the 23-year-old had jumped a small fence at the front of the stage and shot the heir to the British throne before being attacked by security guards.
Although Prince Charles was not injured, Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating said he was “embarrassed” by the incident. In a television interview, he said, “Prince Charles is a good friend of this country and should be treated with the respect and dignity that a good friend deserves.
His control in the circumstances, I think, reflected the professional attitude he has … The important thing to note about this is that it was not an assassination attempt. It was a political demonstration.”
The aggressor was eventually convicted of threats of illegal violence and sentenced to 500 hours of community service. In 2005, when Elizabeth II’s son went to Australia again, a newspaper found David Kang and learned that his life had changed.
For the Sydney Morning Herald, he had indeed confided that contact with the law had changed the direction of his life: “What happened eleven years ago was an extremely traumatic experience and I have certainly moved on in my life and now I have become a lawyer here in Sydney.
Thinking about it even now bothers me a little bit…. What happened at that time was extremely traumatic and the effect it had on my family was profoundly overwhelming.”
David Kang believed that Prince Charles’ bodyguards would kill him.
Describing the incident in 1995, David Kang said that he thought Prince Charles’ bodyguards would kill him.
He said, “I did not stumble on stage, I fell deliberately because I had no intention of hurting anyone. It was hard to believe that I had arrived on stage and when I slipped, nothing had happened to me, nobody had touched me”. At the age of 50, David Kang was considered “fit and proper” by the New South Wales Bar Association and was admitted as a solicitor in 2004.