Prince Charles, Prince William, Duchess Kate, Princess Charlotte and Prince George are among the royals attending the Trooping the Color Ceremony in June.
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There was, according to one of the Prince of Wales's most trusted former aides, a time when the heir to the throne would never discuss his future as king. Even privately, the sensitive subject got Charles's back up.
"For him, that meant to think about the death of his mother, and that something he did not want to contemplate," the impeccable source said years ago. But now, on the eve of Charles's 70th birthday, it's a very different story. For the first time, Charles has addressed the matter of becoming sovereign in a groundbreaking interview with the BBC that will broadcast in the U.K. Thursday evening. Speaking to TV producer John Bridcut, Charles opens up for the first time about being king and says that he will not be a meddling monarch.
Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, Charles says that the role of sovereignty is quite different from that of the Prince of Wales, and he is about to stop campaigning on the environment, architecture, and homeopathy when he is on the throne. "I'm not that stupid," he says. "I realize it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So, of course I understand how that should operate. He continues, "You can 'I've tried to make sure I've got it."
He continues, "You can' t be the same as the sovereign if you're the Prince of Wales or the heir.
Drawing comparisons to one of his favorite playwrights he says, "But the idea that I have to go to exactly the same way is completely different." You have had to look at the Shakespeare plays, Henry V or Henry IV parts 1 and 2, to see the change that can take place. Because if you become the sovereign, then you play the role in the way that it is expected. Well, clearly I will not be able to do the same things. Of course, you operate within the constitutional parameters. But it's a different function.
Charles is the longest-serving prince of Wales in history and is known for being a campaigning prince and even a meddling one, with controversial views on farming, the environment and others "black spider memos" to politicians.
"I always wonder what meddling is?" Charles says in the documentary, in response to those critics. "I mean, I always thought it was motivating. But I've always been intrigued, if it's meddling to worry about the inner cities as I was very proud of it . "
Bridcut was given access to Charles over the past year and the documentary is intimate and revealing.
Camilla and Princes William and Harry Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and were also interviewed for the program in which Prince William said he wishes his father could spend more time with his grandchildren; ] Prince Louis, six months.
Appealing to Charles to slow down, William says, "I would like to have more time with the children. , , , Having more time with him at home would be lovely, and being able to play around with the grandchildren. Because when he's there, he's brilliant.
The Duchess of Cornwall says he knows and understands his destiny and describes him as a hands-on grandfather saying her grandchildren "absolutely adore" when he reads the Harry Potter
Finally, Charles describes himself as a "risk-taker" when it comes to some of his public work. Dumfries House, the Scottish stately home with a £ 20 million loan, has since turned into a thriving charity hub. "Having taken the risks," Charles says, "I believe in living dangerously."
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