Prince Charles won't 'meddle' when he becomes king

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 9, 2018

Prince Charles, the UK's longest-serving heir to the throne, celebrates his 70th birthday next Wednesday. "But that's how he gets things done, he's driven by this, this passion inside him to really help".

"When he's there, he's brilliant", William said.

In BBC One's documentary called Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, Prince Harry praised his father Prince Charles for stepping in and walking Meghan Markle down the aisle on their wedding day in a last-minute casting switch. William has been vocal on issues including mental health and wildlife conservation.

Prince Charles has denied suggestions he'll be a meddling monarch when he one day becomes king, saying "I'm not that stupid". So, there's nothing laid down. "That's what makes it so interesting, challenging, and of course, complicated".

We'd just heard last week that Charles had invited William and Kate to spend time with him this summer and that the Cambridges declined but Harry and Meghan Markle showed up. "All these characters would encourage me to take an interest", Charles said.

I never got involved in any negotiations, I was purely there to enhance the work that was already going on.

"I think it's vital to remember there's only room for one sovereign at a time, not two".

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their very first addition to the family, and now, a report claims the Royals are planning to give their offspring a normal upbringing - at least as much as possible! He says archly: 'I always wonder what meddling is? I mean, I always thought it was motivating.

"If it's meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago. if that's meddling, I'm very proud of it", he said. He talks about how he won't be a "meddling monarch" when it's his time, aware of the reputation that has followed him through the years that he has allegedly tried to influence government decisions and has lobbied ministers to take up his causes.

On his future kingship, he said he is aware the roles of Prince of Wales and king are completely different.

When asked if his public campaigning would continue after he succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. I'm not that stupid, I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign.

Asked if he could still, as king, "convene power" for good, he replied that would be a matter for ministers. "But afterwards watching it on the television, I think it was a lovely gesture". Because if you become the sovereign then you play the role in the way that it is expected.

Tonight a new documentary about Prince Charles will air on the BBC.

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