I'm not that stupid - Charles won't 'meddle' when he is king

Prince Charles

Prince Charles

"Err, no, that is what I wanted to say but erm...and I was very grateful for him to be able to do that". Charles has reportedly written to ministers - and even the prime minister - on subjects close to his heart, stoking concern for those who believe the royals should not get involved in such debates and worry that, once king, he may not remain above politics in the way that Queen Elizabeth has.

The Duchess of Cornwall says that Charles knows "his destiny" so, she says: "I don't think it does weigh on his shoulders at all". But the idea somehow that I'm going to go on exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense because the two situations are completely different'.

Of the emotional moment, Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, adds: "I think that was very touching, sitting where I was, you couldn't hear what he said".

Declaring the role of sovereign and heir to be different, Prince Charles maintains he is aware of the constraints he will encounter as king, and says his behaviour will change.

How do you read this? He added: "The conditions in which people were living". When we were kids, there were bags and bags and bags of work that the office just sent to him.

He said: 'I don't see why the future monarch should be expected to be completely viewless and silent on everything. In September Charles said in an interview with GQ magazine in September that "My problem is I find there are too many things that need doing or battling on behalf of".

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In the scene, Prince William agrees with his brother, saying: "Yeah, I think it probably was a bit and I think it's a negative message". 'Now he's reached his 70th year it's a ideal time to consolidate a little bit because, as most families would do, you are anxious about having them around and making sure their health's OK - and he's the fittest man I know but equally I want him to be fit until he's 95.

Because when he's there, he's brilliant. "But we need him there as much as possible".

"As they say out here: 'If life dey show you pepper, my guy, make pepper soup, '" meaning to "make something good out of a bad experience" or "life is what you make it".

Not that all that many people are reading it at all.

In an interview for a documentary marking his 70th birthday, the heir to the throne told the BBC that he understands he will have to act differently when he becomes king.

The Duke continued: "For him that's a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he's our father so of course he's going to be there for us".

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