Prince Charles ‘reduced to tears’ over son William’s speech on royal succession

Prince Charles said that he was “reduced to tears” and “deeply touched” as he heard Prince William discuss the importance of royal succession and inheritance.

Appearing in ITV’s 2019 documentary Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall, Prince William spoke with Mervyn Keeling, a second generation farmer, about what he plans to do with the estate.

William said: “I’ve started to think about how I will inherit the Duchy one day and what I do with it.

“I think it’s really important, about the family angle, I really do.”

Mr Keeling then brought up William’s children: “And you’ve got children yourself to pass it onto so that’s what it’s all about.”

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William replies: “Yes, absolutely.”

Prince Charles was later shown what William had said, confessing: “When I saw it, I couldn’t believe it ‒ I was deeply touched and moved by what he said.

“Frankly, it reduced me to tears.

“It did really because I suddenly thought well, just hearing that from him made the last 50 years worthwhile.”

On Sunday, William held the Earthshot Prize ceremony, the goal of the prize being to get the world’s smartest to focus on attempting to fix our planet’s largest environmental problems.

Speaking before the ceremony, Prince Charles said of William: “I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.

“As a world we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.

“Over the coming decade, with future generations in mind, the Earthshot Prize, and its inspirational nominees, will help us find the innovative solutions.”

Alongside the Earthshot prize, The BBC produced a five-part documentary series to coincide that explores the damage our planet has sustained and the possible ways to help heal it.

Speaking in an interview with BBC’s Adam Fleming about climate change, Prince William said: “for me, it would be an absolute disaster if George is sat here talking to you or your successor, Adam, you know in like 30 years' time, whatever, still saying the same thing, because by then we will be too late.”

The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet is available via BBC iPlayer.

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