Since royals normally spend their time making official appearances and waving at people, I find Prince Charles’ charity work and activism rather refreshing. Charles is a respected spokesman on the environment and social issues, and his work goes far beyond talk. He has pioneered and , set up the and is president of one of Britain’s leading foundations for , all aside from his best-known work with young people through the .
Charles could well be king one day, and I suspect he would take that platform to extend his environmental ideas even further.
I hope so. I hope he gets the chance to reimagine the British monarch as someone who is socially useful rather than just a national master of ceremonies. In the meantime, here’s a trailer for , a documentary that came out this summer that explores his work and environmental thinking. I haven’t seen it yet, or read his book, but I expect I’ll get round it eventually.