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Exclusive: Prince Charles on the Environment, the Monarchy, His Family, and Islam | VF Daily | Vanity Fair

October 6, 2010

I am absolutely determined to be the defender of nature. Full stop. That’s what the rest of my life is going to be concerned with,” Prince Charles tells Vanity Fair special correspondent Bob Colacello, in an exclusive interview at his estate, Highgrove, in Gloucestershire. “I think people don’t quite understand how much it requires to put your head above the parapet,” he says. “It’s no fun having your head shot off all the time. But I just feel deeply … I know perfectly well this book is going to bring all of my critics out of their lairs. It’s probably just as well … ”

When asked how, as the future King of England, he views the role of a constitutional monarch in the 21st century, Charles is circumspect, saying that he most likely sees it “in a different way” than his predecessors, “because the situation has changed.” Referring to the fact that he was the first heir to the throne educated not by palace tutors but in a far more progressive way at Gordonstoun and Cambridge, he remarks that his parents shouldn’t have sent him to schools that were “precepted on taking the initiative … or to a university where you inevitably look into a lot of these issues,” if they didn’t want him to do so. “So it’s their bad luck, but that’s the way I intend to continue.”

via Exclusive: Prince Charles on the Environment, the Monarchy, His Family, and Islam | VF Daily | Vanity Fair.

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