Prince Charles at 70: I won't be a meddling monarch

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in Abuja Images and Video

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in Abuja Images and Video

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting the commercial city of Lagos on November 7 on the second day of their three-day visit to the country. "So of course I understand entirely how that should operate".

He also says in the documentary, entitled Prince, Son and Heir, Charles at 70: "You can't be the same as the sovereign if you're the Prince of Wales or the heir". But the idea somehow that I'm going to go on in exactly the same way if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense because the two situations are completely different.

Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrived accompanied by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor.

Interviewed for a BBC documentary about his 70th birthday, the prince acknowledged he would not be "able to do the same things I've done as heir" and as monarch would have to operate within "constitutional parameters".

Besides being president of The Prince's Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company, he is also president or patron of more than 400 charitable organizations, and is particularly focused on conservation, the environment and young people.

The Duchess of Cornwall put on a glamorous display in a pale pink Anna Valentine gown and her Van Cleef & Arpels Snowflake earrings and pendant necklace, while her husband sported a black tux.

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When it is put to the Prince that some people see him as meddling, he replies: "Really?"

"Just because he's my father, that doesn't mean I can just sort of go, 'OK, that's all, I'll take it from here", Harry explains.

In fact, one royal correspondent claims Charles' kids are "control freaks" about their coverage, and says that Kate and William in particular are known for purposefully not looking at a "fixed point" when having their picture taken-making it hard for photographers to get good images of them.

"I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming, and he immediately said, 'Yes, of course, I'll do whatever Meghan needs and I'm here to support you, '" the 34-year-old Duke of Sussex reveals. Sitting where I was, you couldn't hear what he said. "But afterwards watching it on the television, I think it was a lovely gesture".

The comments, which come from a one-hour BBC documentary, "Prince, Son And Heir: Charles At 70", mark the first time he has publicly addressed concerns that he could be a meddling monarch.

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