In an interview, the Prince of Wales said he was driven by “an extraordinary feeling – ever since I can remember really, to heal and make things better” in the world.
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Prince Charles has described his role in Britain as a kind of worrier-in-chief, but has admitted that “people don’t always know what you’re on about”.
In an interview published in Time magazine that claims he is quietly taking charge, he said: “I feel more than anything else it’s my duty to worry about everybody and their lives in this country, to try to find a way of improving things if I possibly can.”
He said his newly-christened grandson, Prince George, was now the focus of his concerns, adding: “It’s everybody else’s grandchildren I’ve been bothering about, but the trouble is if you take that long a view people don’t always know what you’re on about.”
The profile, which features on the magazine’s cover, is potentially a powerful piece of publicity for Charles. It acknowledges his critics and detractors but presents Charles as “a passionate philanthropist, one of the world’s most prolific charitable entrepreneurs and … an amplifier of messages and a conductor of ideas”.
He said he was driven by “an extraordinary feeling … ever since I can remember really, to heal and make things better” in the world, but lamented that “we’re busily wrecking the chances for future generations at a rapid rate of knots by not recognising the damage we’re doing to the natural environment, bearing in mind that this is the only planet that we know has any life on it”.
The interview – published less than a month before Charles turns 65 – was granted before one of the most significant jobs in his long wait to be king: deputising for the Queen at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka next month. It is the first such meeting the Queen has missed and is seen as a major test of Charles’s ability to lead the organisation. He will not automatically become the head of the Commonwealth and the decision rests with the leaders of its 53 member countries.
Among the more lighthearted revelations are that the actor Emma Thompson considers dancing with Charles to be better than sex, and that when at his Scottish home, Birkhall, Charles trained the Duke of Cambridge how to knight people without injuring them, using a sword that had been dispatched from London along with Prince George’s Silver Cross pram.
The profile’s author spent many days with Charles, his aides and friends and paints a picture of opulence, attending a dinner of “risotto, sea bass and the stickiest of plum crumbles that generous belts of Puligny-Montrachet, Sarget de Gruaud Larose and pink champagne only partially dislodge”.
Significantly – given concerns about how Charles might square his campaigning and sometimes controversial lobbying of government ministers with being the head of state – the article concludes that “far from itching to assume the crown, he is already feeling its weight and worrying about its impact on the job he has long been doing”.
The profile quotes an anonymous former minister in support of his interventions in government, saying: “Those who don’t like the contents of his views allege constitutional impropriety as a way of undermining the views he holds. Those who don’t like his views present them as whacky.”
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