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

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"So, you can't be the same as the sovereign if you're the Prince of Wales or the heir", Charles added, using one of his official titles.

It is popular belief that some first class kings are only to step out on very rare occasions as most people were required to visit them at their palace, given the power of their crown and throne. I mean when we were kids, there was bags and bags and bags of work the office just sent to him.

The Prince of Wales has given his most open interview in recent years about how he sees the role of monarch compared to that of being heir to the throne, as part of a documentary to mark his 70th birthday next week. You don't say. But I always wonder what meddling is. "That's what makes it so interesting, challenging, and of course, complicated".

She said: "We worked quite a lot with the Prince of Wales, who has incredible taste in specifically classical music, so it was really fun to spend some time going through selections with him".

Prince Charles showcased his language skills during a trip to Nigeria, breaking into Pidgin when delivering a speech to Commonwealth representatives in the capital.

While Charles said he understood that being king would be different to being heir, he did defend his activism.

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"I find it hard to believe that almost thirty years have passed since I first came to this city and having finally made it back here, Ladies and Gentlemen, all I can say is that "God don butta my bread!" I'm not that stupid".

Asked if he could still, as king, "convene power" for good, he replied that would be a matter for ministers. "I think people by now would have been rather fed up if I hadn't, I would have thought", he said.

But he was then asked by the interviewer: "But do you think we've begun to turn the corner now?"

Britain has a constitutional monarchy, where the monarch has a formal role in the formation of governments but an obligation to remain neutral and no practical political power.

When he's not having servants iron his shoelaces, Prince Charles has been accused of "meddling" into hot topics such as the environment by strongly voicing his opinions-not a typical stance for royals to take in public debates.