Prince Charles won't 'meddle' when he becomes king

Why Prince Charles has pulled out of final leg of Africa tour

Why Prince Charles has pulled out of final leg of Africa tour

Speaking ahead of his 70th birthday next week, the son of 92 year-old Queen Elizabeth said that the role of monarch was completely different to his current position as Prince of Wales.

Harry's father Prince Charles agreed to step in as a replacement, and millions of viewers watched on as they made their way to the altar together, with Harry turning and saying, "Thank you Pa" when they reached him. In September Charles said in an interview with GQ magazine in September that "My problem is I find there are too many things that need doing or battling on behalf of". "I mean the whole point is it has this flexibility about it".

She said: "He wants things done by yesterday as I think everybody who works for him will tell you".

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.

Charles has been criticised in the past for his views on topics such as the environment and architecture, but said he recognises being heir to the throne and head of state are two different roles. William has been vocal on issues including mental health and wildlife conservation.

"So, you can't be the same as the sovereign if you're the Prince of Wales or the heir". So, there's nothing laid down.

"So, there's nothing laid down, that's what makes it so interesting, challenging and of course complicated". He said, "Meghan will take her kids on a subway". "All these characters would encourage me to take an interest", Charles said.

"I think, he's reached his seventieth year, it's a ideal time to consolidate a little bit because as most families would do, you are anxious about having them around and making sure their health's OK, and he's the fittest man I know but equally I want him to be fit until he's 95, you know, going on".

The Prince of Wales, the Queen Mother and Tony Blair prepare celebrations for the 50th birthday of Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, London in 1998. William says "we need him there as much as possible". But I've always been intrigued.

Then he quips, "Err, no, that is what I wanted to say but erm...and I was very grateful for him to be able to do that".

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