PRINCE CHARLES, as first-in-line to the throne, has many royal duties – but one surprising activity he finds “an awful bother” to do, a documentary has revealed.
Despite raising many millions of pounds for amazing causes over his years of being the Prince of Wales, Charles apparently does not enjoy this part of the job. The shock admission came out in the 2012 ITV documentary entitled ‘The Royal Restoration’. In the documentary, Alan Titchmarsh followed the Prince’s journey buying and renovating an old stately home called Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland.
The project has managed to employ hundreds of previously unemployed people in a deprived area and saved a priceless furniture collection from getting auctioned off.
However, it required a huge amount of investment and Charles had to work hard to repay the £20million loan his charitable foundation took out to fund the purchase.
He raised the money through relentless fundraising, mostly from generous wealthy patrons.
Asked whether he minds having to constantly raise money, the prince replied: “Yes, it’s an awful bother really, but there we are.
Prince Charles admitted he finds raising money “an awful bother” (Image: GETTY)
Alan Titchmarsh interviewing Prince Charles (Image: ITV / YouTube (UKTelevisionShows))
“But if you can, I mean all I want is to help in all sorts of different areas, so it’s badly needed and while I can go on doing it I shall have to.”
Charles hosts many fundraising events, as well as dinners to thank those who have donated to his charitable foundation.
He emphasised the importance of thanking those who offer financial help and to show them how serious you are about the projects.
He said: “It’s taking the trouble with them and making them feel special, wanted and thanked.
“And you just keep coming back and I do keep coming back all the time.
“So I hope people realise that I’m serious about it.”
Despite finding raising money for the Dumfries House project “an awful bother”, Prince Charles persisted and eventually managed to pay back the loan, as well as paying for the renovations of the estate.
It now runs various self-sustaining businesses that utilise the old buildings and grounds, employing local people.
Prince Charles making the shock confession on the ITV documentary (Image: ITV / YouTube (UKTelevisionShows))
Prince Charles making a speech at a charity event (Image: GETTY)
These include tours of the house, hosting weddings, a guesthouse and a walled garden.
The prince also holds dozens of engagements every year to support his various charities.
Collectively, the Prince of Wales’ charities raised more than £100million annually.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK