Prince Charles has proven that family is everything to him in a new BBC documentary that airs next month. Though the future king rarely comments on his grandson, Prince George, he opened up on the show while standing in the arboretum at his Scottish estate, Birkhall. Charles sweetly introduces the lush greenspace dedicated to the boy as “George’s wood,” revealing the special thing he did to celebrate the birth of his first grandson.
When Prince George was born five years ago, Charles explains, various trees were planted in his honour: “As I get older, all I really long for is to plant trees. I hope it will be quite amusing for George, as they grow up and he grows up.” It’s a beautiful gesture coming from his grandfather, who is allowing the world a glimpse into his big heart and sentimental nature when it comes to his close family members.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall , also makes an appearance in the documentary, lovingly teasing her royal husband about the dry summer the United Kingdom has had this year. “He does rain dances most of the day, to try and get some more.” But it’s not just the duchess who jokes around about the 69-year-old’s dedication to the environment – Prince William and Prince Harry also praised their father for “banging the drum,” standing up for issues around marine conservation, plastic waste and climate change.
The 34-year-old prince explained: “Whether it’s dinner or tea or whatever and we sit there and speak to him, he gets so frustrated. You can understand why, when he cares that much and he’s been banging the drum for this long.” His care for the environment shines through his many patronages, like with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Commonwealth Forestry Association and many more.
The royal, who was previously married to the late Princess Diana, is being profiled on the 60-minute documentary show to ring in his 70 th birthday in November. Over the past year, documentarian John Bridcut had full access to the prince’s life, at home and abroad, and opened up about the experience to Charlotte Moore, the director of BBC Content: "It's a real privilege to be given access to the Prince of Wales and those closest to him to mark his 70th birthday. This intimate documentary will offer a unique insight into his life and work and those who know him best."