Prince Charles is set to turn 70 on November 14 and to celebrate the milestone birthday, BBC One is airing a new documentary titled Prince, Son and Heir: Charles At 70. Premiering Thursday night in the U.K., the new film features candid interviews with those closest to Charles, including his sons William and Harry. A rare instance of the brothers letting cameras into their personal lives, William and Harry agree that their father needs to make some big changes. Namely, he works too much.
William, who shares three children with wife Kate Middleton, says that he wishes his father would cut back on work and spend more time with his grandchildren, including George (5), Charlotte (3) and baby Louis. “It’s something I’m working on heavily. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children,” said William. “Having more time with him at home would be lovely—and being able to, you know, play around with the grandchildren. When he is there, he’s brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible.”
Hopeful that the upcoming birthday will encourage Charles to slow down, William said “Now that he’s reached his 70th year, it’s the perfect time to consolidate a little bit. You’re worried about having them around and making sure their health is OK. He’s the fittest man I know, but equally, I want him to be fit until he’s 95.”
Harry agreed, remembering the overwhelming workload his father took on when the brothers were young. “He does need to slow down. This is a man who has dinner ridiculously late at night, and then goes to his desk later that night and will fall asleep on his notes—to the point where he’ll wake up with a piece of paper stuck to his face! The man never stops,” said Harry. “When we were kids, there were bags and bags and bags of work that the office just sent to him. We could barely even get to his desk to say ‘goodnight’ to him.”
When the prince does take a break from his grueling schedule, he’s got the grandpa role nailed. Speaking about her own four grandchildren, Charles’ wife Camilla Parker Bowles says “He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that. He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know, making funny noises and laughing. My grandchildren adore him—absolutely adore him!” We love that Prince Charles is a big Harry Potter fan. That’s how we envision childhood in the U.K.
Charles may continue to be a workaholic into his 70s, but his commitment to his children and grandchildren remains steadfast. In the new documentary, Harry recalls asking Charles to step in for wife Meghan Markle’s own father when he was unable to walk her down the aisle in May. “I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming, and he immediately said ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you,'” said Harry. “For him that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he’s our father so of course he’s going to be there for us.”
In conclusion, Prince Charles works too much, but tries to spend time with his grandchildren whenever he can and does a great Hagrid voice (we’re guessing). So, he’s a dad. He’s a Prince, but he’s kinda just a dad too.