Prince Charles to make his reality TV debut on ITV show

Keeping up with the Aristocrats, which airs its last episode tomorrow night, follows the lives of four of Britain’s most prominent aristocratic couples

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The Prince of Wales will appear on the reality show Keeping up with the Aristocrats, which airs on ITV tomorrow evening.

We never thought we'd see the Prince of Wales on a reality TV show, but tomorrow he'll appear in the ITV show Keeping up with the Aristocrats.

It wasn't a planned appearance though—Prince Charles, who fears Prince Harry’s memoir will cause ‘reputational damage’ to Camilla, stops to speak to one of the couples on the show, Lord Gerald and Lady Emma Fitzalan-Howard, while on a royal engagement in Harrogate, and it was caught on camera.

Prince Charles at the The Great Yorkshire Show

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The ITV show, which airs its last episode tomorrow night, follows the lives of four of Britain’s most prominent aristocratic couples last summer as they attend social engagements, including the Harrogate's The Great Yorkshire Show.

The encounter with royalty happens when the reality TV couple are shopping for cattle at the show. Prince Charles stops to give them advice and ends up having a short conversation with them. The Duke of Cornwall, who is a patron of the event, attended the show last July with Camilla  - and even accidentally stepped in a cowpat.

At the show, Prince Charles, who recently dodged an awkward question about brother Andrew, also announced a new "green guide" for farmers, which explained environmental agriculture methods.

The reality show, which airs on ITV tomorrow, captures the couples brief moment with the royal and leaves them gobsmacked, with Lord Gerald commenting, "Good royal approval. This is good."

Lady Emma also excitedly says, "Well that was unexpected. Wow. What were the chances of that happening? He recognised you look like a toff. Absolutely love it. That has literally made my day."

The TV show has also seen Lord and Lady Fitzalan-Howard looking to raise funds for the running costs of their 126-room home, Carlton Towers, in Yorkshire - hoping to turn part of their 3,000-acre estate into a vineyard. 

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