'So proud': Harry on Prince Charles walking Meghan down the aisle

Lawrence Kim
November 9, 2018

Britain's Prince Charles insists he's not "stupid" enough to keep speaking out on contentious public issues once he becomes king in a rare interview about his future role.

Charles, who celebrates his 70th birthday on 14 November with a banquet at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen and attended by guests including European royalty, maintained he has always strived to "make sure whatever I've done has been non-party political". "Not two", he says.

"You only have to look at Shakespeare plays, Henry V or Henry IV part I and 2, to see the change that can take place".

"That was very touching", Camilla, 71, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles' wife, says in the documentary, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70. In the BBC documentary, he said that he will operate within "constitutional parameters" when he becomes monarch, which is a "completely different" role to being the Prince of Wales, as the heir in Britain is known.

"I've never been a monarchist, but if you believe in a monarchy, then I don't see why the monarch now, or in the future, should be expected to be completely viewless and silent on everything", he told the Press Association.

In BBC One's documentary called Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, Prince Harry praised his father Prince Charles for stepping in and walking Meghan Markle down the aisle on their wedding day in a last-minute casting switch. "Just because he's my father that doesn't mean I can just sort of go, 'Okay, that's all, I'll take it from here.'" He then added he was "grateful" for his father in that moment. "But it's a different function".

Charles has been criticised in the past for his views on topics such as the environment or architecture, dubbed as meddling by critics.

She says: "He's a very exceptional man".

However, Charles admitted "I'm not that stupid" as he was quizzed on whether this would change once he succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Asked whether his public campaigning will go on, the royal replied: "No, it won't". I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. "So of course I understand entirely how that should operate", he said. Camilla does a lot of talking here too - and she maybe even is better at talking about Charles than Charles is.

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

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