Thursday 9pm – 10pm, BBC1
For over 50 years Prince Charles has been involved in public affairs, embracing a wide range of different topics as diverse as red squirrels and Islam. However, in recent times the media focus has been well and truly on his sons, their marriages and creation of their own little families. As the future King turns 70, filmmaker John Bridcut has been granted the privilege of spending the past 12 months with him, charting a very different side to the perceived public persona. Bridcut has spoken intimately with those closest to him – The Duchess of Cornwall and Princes William and Harry.
The unique insight into the heir to the thrones life and his views on topics such as the future, global warming, youth opportunity and trees demonstrates how his is fully involved in the work he undertakes and sincerely cares for not just those around him but humanity in general. The documentary reveals a true warmth and very sharp wit about the Prince, not something we readily see in daily life.
We get to hear about the Princes very strong passion for the environment and how all around him are dragged into that activity, particularly when it comes to hedge laying! The documentary reveals the Prince will often recruit policemen who are assigned to guard him into the garden to get their hands green! Prince Harry advises on the matter “Some of them come back covered in blood because at some point something he has been cutting has flung up.” We also get to hear about his tree planting in Aberdeenshire at his Birk Hall residence where a hedge was planted at the same time Prince George was born and the aspirations of Charles for him to grow up with it.
The documentary was filmed over a period when the Prince was taking an increasing amount of duties to support The Queen and the film shows us some behind the scenes footage of the pair at the time of the Commonwealth Heads of Government when the Prince was announced as the next head of the Organisation. We also get to see the stunning ceremony in Vanuatu where Charles was invested as a high chief.
We also see the Grandfather side of the Prince, a man who clearly loves his grandchildren, cares for them and buys them quirky little gifts.
A fascinating insight into the Prince’s life which will surely change perceptions.
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