Jon Snow lifted lid on jaw-dropping Prince Charles claim: ‘Long time before Queen dies’
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Charles recently announced that he and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are “delighted” at the arrival of their second granddaughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor who was born on June 4 in California. A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace released a statement that read: “The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.” It was reported that Charles was reduced to tears when he watched ITV’s 2019 documentary ‘Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall’ and heard Prince William discuss the matter of succession with a second-generational farmer, Mervyn Keeling. When referring to the documentary Charles said: “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 has made the last 50 years worthwhile.”
Charles, 72, has in some ways become the unlikely face for the “sandwich generation” – a term used to describe middle-aged people who have aging living parents and adult children.
This is an eerie echo to what the Prince of Wales had said to broadcast journalist Jon Snow in the Seventies.
In the Netflix documentary ‘House of Windsor’ Mr Snow detailed how he met with a young Charles who was eager to do something to establish himself within the monarchy.
Mr Snow explained that he was in his office when he received a phone call from David Checketts who was Charles’s secretary at the time.
Mr Snow said: “So I cycled down to Buckingham Palace the following week and Prince Charles said ‘look I have got an awfully long time before my mother dies and I am really thinking about how I could use my life productivity.’”
He further explained that at first he was not convinced that he was talking to someone who had a connection to the heir to the throne.
He added:” The voice said ‘hello is that Jon Snow?’ I said yes ‘I was wondering, it is David Checketts here – I am the Prince of Wales’ secretary’ and I said ‘well I am the Pope,’ ‘no no I really am,’ then he said the Prince of Wales would very much like for me to come and see him.
“So I said [to Charles] ‘look if you are ever willing to put your name onto a project that was really going to make a difference to people who had really difficult social problems, you would have a fantastic impact.
“Then he sort of said ‘Sort of like a Prince Charles’s trust perhaps?’”
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The Prince’s Trust was launched in 1976.
Charles had completed his duty in the Royal Navy and felt compelled to do something to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
He spent £7,400 to create community initiatives for young people aged 11 to 30 that would combat unemployment.
However, during the Eighties, unemployment rates soared across the country and this then prompted the Prince of Wales to create an Enterprise Programme which helped 1,000 people to launch their own businesses.
Today, the Prince’s Trust has helped over 100,000 young people to achieve their goals.
According to a YouGov poll, Charles is the eighth most popular royal in the UK whereas Harry is the sixth most popular, while William is the second most popular royal.
This has prompted some people to believe that the throne should be passed down to William.
Although Charles has not publicly spoken about whether he would pass the throne onto William, he has expressed his interest in “slimming down the monarchy”.
Royal expert and friend of Prince Philip, Gyles Brandreth, spoke with Express.co.uk about Charles’s plan to reduce the Firm which included “freezing” Harry out.
Mr Brandreth said: “We will have the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and we will have Princess Anne.
“We will also have Prince Edward, who is going to become the new Duke of Edinburgh.
“Then we will have William and Catherine for the next generation.
“In a sense, it will be a leaner machine going forward and I think the Duke would have quite liked that.
“Less to talk about, less to gossip about.”
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