When Prince Charles recently agreed to guest edit a special edition of BBC One”s rural programme Countryfile, presenter Julia Bradbury and her team were invited to the Prince of Wales”s organic farm in Gloucestershire.
Attending a senior royal”s country retreat could be a daunting prospect, but Julia tells says that she saw the Prince at his most relaxed and open.
During the interview Charles, whose daughter-in-law Kate Middleton is due to give birth in July, talks about the royal baby that will soon be welcomed into the Windsor clan.
Asked if becoming a grandfather makes him feel old he replied. “Of course it does, to a certain extent, because you can”t believe that, suddenly, that is beginning to happen in your life.
“I look forward enormously to that relationship with a grandchild, I think.”
Julia reveals that Charles, appearing as part of the show”s 25th anniversary celebrations, is just like all the other outdoor fans who tune in to the show.
“It was as far removed from pomp and ceremony as you can imagine,” she tells reveals “We were in one of his favourite spots, in a field in his organic Home Farm at Highgrove, so he was very relaxed.
“It was incredible to be in the place he loves more than anywhere.”
The programme also follows the heir to the throne as he visits rural initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people working in the countryside.
Earlier this year, Charles championed his new project in a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference. He said: “Is it not quite revealing that the BBC”s Countryfile programme has become so tremendously popular
“Ever since they moved it to its prime-time slot on a Sunday night, it has become one of their most successful television programmes, with over seven million viewers a week.
“There is evidently a thirst for the countryside and for the culture it represents.”
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Interview by Pam Francis