The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II — formally known as the Prince of Wales — has long been seen as interfering because of his private lobbying of ministers and public statements on a range of subjects from architecture to the environment.
But he told the BBC in a documentary marking his 70th birthday next week that he did not intend to be a meddling king.
“I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So of course I understand entirely how that should operate,” he said.
He added when asked if his public campaigning would continue: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid.” British royals traditionally steer well clear of politics — something perfected by the 92-year-old queen since her coronation in 1953.
But Prince Charles has lobbied on a variety of issues, as shown in a series of letters between him and government ministers known as the “black spider” memos.
He is also known to hold particularly strong views on contemporary architectural design.
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