By Lucy Buglass
The Prince of Wales has admitted he almost cried when eldest son Prince William praised him for his hard work on the Duchy of Cornwall.
- Speaking in a new ITV documentary, Prince Charles said he was “deeply touched and moved” by Prince William’s words.
- The documentary gives viewers a behind the scenes look at the Duchy to mark his 50th year as the Duke of Cornwall.
- This follows royal news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s photo mysteriously disappeared from Queen’s Audience Room.
Prince William had told his father that he had been thinking about how to maintain the picturesque estate when he was no longer around.
Prince Charles spoke out about this, saying, “It practically reduced me to tears because I suddenly thought just hearing that from him has made the last 50 years worthwhile."
He added, “Confronting your own mortality is a very good thing if I may say so - it’s quite good for the soul.”
Prince William told one of the Duchy’s tenants, Marvin Keeling, about the importance of passing down the Duchy through generations. He said, “I’ve started to think about how I will inherit the Duchy one day and what I do with it”.
The two-part ITV documentary focuses on the Duchy of Cornwall to mark his 50th working year as the Duke of Cornwall.
The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate, which was established in 1337 by Edward III. It funds the public, charitable and private activities of the Prince of Wales and his family.
Prince Charles is currently the longest serving Duke in history, with the documentary capturing some of the important work he has done.
In particular, the Prince of Wales had been vocal about climate change and how we should take action. As a result, he increased Duchy woodland by more than half.
He said, “I just pray that climate change and all the horrors we are facing now if we don't do something about it won't completely destroy all this effort.
“To me it's absolutely crucial that we don't battle with nature and actually work with it, with her.”
Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall started at 9pm on October 24th on ITV, and it's available on catch up via ITV Hub.
Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer specialising in TV, film and lifestyle content and has written for What's On TV, GoodtoKnow and Whattowatch.com. She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases. In her spare time, she writes film and television reviews for JumpCut Online and her own blog, Lucy Goes To Hollywood.
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