Prince Charles says he’ll keep views to him­self when king

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - By Dan­ica Kirka

LON­DON >> Bri­tain’s Prince Charles has pledged not to in­ter­fere in the af­fairs of state when he be­comes king, seek­ing to dis­pel con­cerns about his past ac­tivism on is­sues rang­ing from global warm­ing to ar­chi­tec­tural preser­va­tion. if his pub­lic cam­paign­ing would con­tinue af­ter he suc­ceeds his mother, Queen El­iz­a­beth II. “I do re­al­ize that it is a sep­a­rate ex­er­cise be­ing sovereign, so of course I un­der­stand en­tirely how that should op­er­ate.”

The prince has caused dis­quiet in the past by ex­press­ing his com­mit­ment to or­ganic farm­ing, tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture and en­vi­ron­men­tal causes. In 2015, he lost a long court bat­tle to pre­vent the dis­clo­sure of 27 let­ters sent to gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials on mat­ters such as bad­ger culling, fish pro­tec­tion, mil­i­tary readi­ness and the preser­va­tion of his­toric build­ings.

The “black spi­der” memos, so called be­cause of Charles’ cramped hand­writ­ten greet­ings and clos­ings, were con­tro­ver­sial be­cause some saw them as in­ap­pro­pri­ate lob­by­ing by the heir to the throne.

But Charles de­fended his past ac­tions, in­clud­ing es­tab­lish­ing the Prince’s Trust in 1976 to help dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple, say­ing he had al­ways steered clear of party pol­i­tics. He won­dered aloud whether his in­ter­ven­tions were re­ally “med­dling.”

“If it’s med­dling to worry about the in­ner ci­ties as I did 40 years ago ... if that’s med­dling, I’m very proud of it,” he said.

The doc­u­men­tary cap­tures the prince in both pub­lic and pri­vate, in­clud­ing images of him feed­ing veg­etable scraps to his chick­ens and col­lect­ing their eggs at his High­grove home.

It in­cludes an in­ter­view with the prince’s wife, the Duchess of Corn­wall, who said Charles is driven by a need to help oth­ers.

“He’s pretty im­pa­tient, he wants things done by yes­ter­day as I think every­body who works for him will tell you. But that’s how he gets things done. He’s driven by this, this pas­sion in­side him to re­ally help,” she said. “He would like to save the world.”

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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. Bri­tain’s monarch is barred from in­ter­fer­ing in pol­i­tics.“I’m not that stupid,” Charles said when asked Bri­tain’s Prince Charles stands by a Com­mon­wealth Walk­way plaque dur­ing a re­cep­tion at the Bri­tish deputy High Com­mis­sioner in La­gos, Nige­ria, Wed­nes­day Nov. 7.

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