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Charles Reduced To Tears As Son William Talks About Inheriting His Role

A new documentary series about Prince Charles has just been released, named Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall, which goes deep inside the life of the Prince of Wales, showing the person behind the public personality as a royal. One aspect the docu-series emphasized is his role as a father, and in the episode that just released in the U.K. on Friday has a segment with Prince William, his oldest son, who is next in line after him for both the British throne and the Duchy of Cornwall.

Prince Charles birthday portrait

 Prince William talked with Mervyn Keeling, a second-generation Cornwall tenant, and Prince Charles, after hearing the conversation, was overcome with emotion. “I saw it and I couldn’t believe it. I was deeply touched by what he said,” the prince said in a clip from the episode, released by ITV.

So what did Prince William say exactly? He and Keeling talked about the importance of family in the process of succession. “I think it’s important, Mervyn, about the family angle. I really do,” the Duke of Cambridge says in the clip. “I’ve started to think about how I will inherit the Duchy one day and what I do.” Prince William also noted that his being a father of three has changed the way he has thought about the future role.

Prince William and Prince Charles

“Frankly, it reduced me to tears. It did really,” Prince Charles said in response to the conversation. “Because I suddenly thought, well, just hearing that from him has made all the last 50 years worthwhile.”

As Duke of Cornwall, Prince Charles oversees the Duchy of Cornwall estate, which is actually the source of revenue for his and his children’s public works. A charter rule for succession for the position of Duke of Cornwall is that the title is held by the oldest surviving son of the monarch and heir to the throne, which puts Prince William first in line. Prince Charles has been Duke of Cornwall for over 50 years, making him the longest-serving one to date.

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