Charles worries that monarchy will be form of 'imprisonment'
Prince isn't 'itching' to become king - in fact he worries crown will stop him pursuing passions
PRINCE CHARLES is in no hurry to become King because he fears the monarchy will be a form of "imprisonment". And he is accepting extra royal duties from his 87-year-old mother "joylessly", according to a profile of the heir to the British throne in Time.
The article, which is based on an interview with Charles and 50 of his friends and associates, debunks the popular notion that the 64-year-old is "itching" to ascend the throne, the BBC says. The reality is that he is already "feeling its weight" and worries that the extra duties he is inheriting from his ageing mother will limit his ability to champion the causes he is passionate about.
While the Prince himself does not discuss his accession with Time, several of his intimates do. One of them, an unnamed member of his household, says Charles is worried he will not achieve enough in relation to his various interests before "the prison shades" close. Charles, who will turn 65 next month, has sometimes been accused of intervening in affairs that are not within the remit of a future monarch. But he told Time's editor-at-large Catherine Mayer that he feels compelled to take action.
"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 said. "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."
Charles also "gushed" about his "wonderful wife" Camilla, says the Daily Mirror and said his new grandson, Prince George, has focused his campaigning efforts in areas such as the environment.
"And of course now I have a grandson, which is what this is all about," he told Mayer.
One of the Prince's friends interviewed for the article is actress Emma Thompson, who says dancing with Charles is "better than sex". She added: "There is a long history of relationships between Princes of Wales and actors – not just actresses, not just the rude relationships as Charles would say, though God knows I've tried. He wasn't having any of it." ·