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The Man Who Will Be King reveals the man behind the public persona. Thanks to five years of unprecedented access to His Royal Highness, we hear about his passion for charitable causes and in intimate conversation learn about the future king’s hopes and aspirations
After sixty-five years as the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history, the heir to the British throne can at last see himself taking on the job he has spent his whole life preparing for. In readiness for dramatic and historic transitions that will mark the biggest moment in a life filled with historic landmarks, the Prince of Wales has announced sweeping changes to the charitable trust that controls his involvement in more than twenty charities.
The most recent change sees the headquarters of his trust moving to Dumfries House in southern Scotland – itself the site of one of the Prince’s most audacious and most successful ventures.
2018 marks the Prince’s seventieth birthday. It also marks ten years since his bold intervention saved the historic Dumfries House estate, along with its unparalleled collection of Chippendale furnishings, from being picked apart at public auction. And it marks exactly three hundred years since the birth of Thomas Chippendale, who became the world’s most famous name in luxury furnishings.
Yet every one of these landmarks will be put in the shade when the biggest moment of his life arises. Prince Charles, The Man Who Will Be King, is putting his royal house in order. And he chooses to do that at his Scottish home, Dumfries House.
As the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles is one of the most prominent and most closely scrutinized members of European society. He is a self‐confessed academic under‐achiever who has spent his entire adult life waiting for his ‘real’ job. He is widely scorned for talking to plants; his views on architecture – however well ‐ meaning – are disparaged as hopelessly out‐dated, and his thoughts on holistic medicine ridiculed.
Despite embracing and voicing ecological concerns that were decades ahead of their time, and never mind that he was Britain’s best‐known advocate of organic farming long before it became fashionable, his anxiety for the environment is scorned as the dilettantism of the privileged. So far as the British public – and the Press – are concerned, Prince Charles might be the embodiment of a man who can’t do much right.
But something big is afoot. It started as a dramatic last‐minute intervention by the Prince’s Trust prior to the auction sale of the run‐down 18th Century Dumfries House, but soon, it turned into a social experiment that allowed many of Prince Charles’s passions to coalesce in a visionary community venture.
Yes, a historic country home and its fittings were saved from sale – even as the furnishings were already in trucks on their way to a London auction house. But this royal intervention had little to do with things, and was always about people.
As the Prince of Wales readies himself for the British throne, he prepares to re-invent the role of the British monarch by involving himself in the lives of people who can benefit from his vision and his clout. His work at Dumfries House is a case in point – and is just the beginning.
Endless speculation is devoted to the question about how life as King might change Prince Charles. But as the triumphant experiment that is Dumfries House already proves, the real story might be how King Charles could change the monarchy. Forever.
Screener to follow.
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