Prince Charles has opened up about his duty as a member of the Royal Family and how the arrival of Prince George has made him more determined to continue his work.
In a revealing piece in TIME magazine, titled The Forgotten Prince, Charles explains how he has always wanted to help improve people’s quality of life.
“I’ve had this extraordinary feeling, for years and years, ever since I can remember really, of wanting to heal and make things better,” he explained. “I feel more than anything else it’s my duty to worry about everybody and their lives in this country, to try to find a way of improving things if I possibly can.”
The Prince also spoke of his “wonderful wife” and described becoming a grandfather for the first time to Prince George as “what this is all about”.
The article, which interviewed 50 of his closest friends and aides, also suggests Prince Charles has more concerns about his duty to help people through his charities rather than becoming King straight away.
“Charles is not itching to ascend the throne,” Catherine Mayer, TIME’s editor-at-large explains, “but is impatient to get as much done as possible before [becoming King].”
Since a young age, The Prince of Wales has been focused on supporting people through his charity work and, in 1976, he formed The Prince’s Trust which helps people build a life for themselves that they choose.
Earlier this week, on Wednesday, Prince Charles attended the christening of his first grandchild, Prince George.
Charles, with the Duchess of Cornwall, joined senior royals including The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, which his son Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge had chosen for the three-month-old’s christening.