Why Prince Charles was reduced to tears by Prince William

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

Prince Charles has admitted that hearing Prince William talk about the importance of succession and the future of the Duchy reduced him to tears. 

In an unearthed clip from the 2019 documentary ‘Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall’, interviewer Mervyn Keeling talks to Prince William about inheriting the Duchy.

Talking about the importance of family, Prince William says: "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."

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In response, Prince Charles admits, “I was deeply touched and moved by what he said. Frankly it reduced me to tears, it really did. Because just hearing that from him, it made the last 50 years worthwhile.”

The Duke of Cambridge spoke about his “passion” for farming and revealed that his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are already playing on tractors as he prepares to one day inherit the Duchy - a private portfolio of land, financial investments and property - from his father.

Photo credit: Tim Graham
Photo credit: Tim Graham

The Duchy of Cornwall covers a huge 52,000 hectares of land over 21 counties in the South West of England. Prince Charles has been the longest-serving Duke in the Duchy’s history and it is his responsibility to manage the estate to make sure it’s sustainable and financially viable to the local community.

The sweet moment between Charles and William comes ahead of a difficult week for the Royal Family. On Thursday, a statue of Princess Diana will be unveiled at Kensington Palace to honour her life and work. 

The Duke of Cambridge will be in attendance and the event marks the first royal engagement with younger brother Prince Harry since Prince Philip’s funeral in April. 

Royal historian Robert Lacey told HELLO! that he thinks the event will be a chance for the brothers to heal their relationship. 

“I think that will create great progress," Robert says. "They are coming together from opposite sides of the world for the express purpose of honouring their mother and what more could they do to honour her than at least start moving back together.”

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