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 organic agriculture and sustainable homes, set up the rainforest project and is president of one of Britain’s leading foundations for responsible business, all aside from his best-known work with young people through the Prince’s Trust.
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 Harmony, 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.