by Fay Schlesinger
July 30, 2010
The Prince of Wales says he believes he has been
placed on Earth as future King ‘for a purpose’ - to save the world...
Giving a fascinating insight into his view of his inherited wealth and
influence, he said:
‘I can only somehow imagine that I find
myself being born into this position for a purpose.
‘I don’t want my grandchildren or yours to come along and say to me,
“Why the hell didn’t you come and do something about this? You knew what
the problem was”. That is what motivates me.
‘I wanted to express something in the outer world that I feel inside...
We seem to have lost that understanding of the whole of nature and the
universe as a living entity.’
Prince Charles, a long-term
committed supporter of the environment,
says the modern world has
lost the understanding of nature
His impassioned comments come during a film
about his belief that unbridled commerce has led to the destruction of
farmland and countryside.
The documentary, called Harmony, is due to be aired on the U.S.
network NBC in November to coincide with the launch of a book of the same
name by the prince.
Charles is understood to have waived his author’s fee, and all royalties
will go to his charity, the Prince’s Trust.
But the Prince has previously come under fire for hypocrisy over his
Last year he commandeered a jet belonging to the Queen’s Flight to attend
the Copenhagen climate change summit, generating an estimated 6.4 tons of
carbon dioxide - 5.2 tons more than if he had used a commercial plane.
Critics condemned his words as ‘delusional’.
'I don’t want my grandchildren or yours to
come along and say to me, “Why the hell didn’t you come and do something
about this? You knew what the problem was”. That is what motivates me'
Graham Smith, of the anti-monarchy group
‘He is under the impression he has been sent
to save the world and deliver us from our sins. It’s quite delusional.
‘He will have to be impartial and keep his mouth shut when he’s king. If
he really believes this is his mission and he disagrees with Government
in future, he risks plunging us into a constitutional crisis.’
Senior royal aides denied the prince was
attempting to mould his public image and pave the way to ensure a positive
They stressed Charles also cared passionately about his other royal duties,
such as defense.
‘In private he has dismissed talk of
legacies - that’s not for him to say because it’s for others to judge.
But hopefully his charities will carry on for many years to come.
Prince Charles and the
Duchess of Cornwall in Brunei, Asia last summer.
For the trip, he hired a
private jet, leading to accusations
of 'green hypocrisy' as the
visit was designed to highlight environmental issues.
‘He has said there is a reason why he’s in a
position to raise these issues - that there is some higher power. But
there is more to his role than just green problems.
‘It’s true that outside royal duties, the environment is the thing he
cares most passionately about.’
In a trailer to the film, the prince spoke
passionately about his decades-long quest for what he described in a
statement as ‘a sacred duty of stewardship of the natural order of
‘I started 22 years ago on something that
nobody really wanted to know about except a few people who thought it
was pretty crazy.
‘The way nature presents itself - we’ve turned it into merely a
‘What is happening to the small farmers
around the world is simply appalling, as a result of globalization. Is
that really the intention behind it all, just to sweep all these people
off the land?’
An Asian woman, who is not named in the
documentary, piled praise on the royal, saying:
‘Princes Charles has been a very courageous
man because he has never thought through the throne he will occupy - he
has thought through the planet he lives on.’