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Meddling king? I won’t be sounding off, says Prince Charles

Royal rhythm: The prince watches dancers at the British Council arts festival in Lagos, Nigeria, during royal trip to west Africa PICTURE: PA

PRINCE CHARLES has said he will not speak out on issues when he becomes king — because the roles of heir and head of state are ‘completely different’.

Interviewed for a BBC documentary about his 70th birthday, the prince acknowledged he would not be ‘able to do the same things I’ve done as heir’ and as monarch would have to operate within ‘constitutional parameters’.

Charles has been accused of meddling when airing his views on the environment or architecture. But he said ‘if it’s meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago… [then] I’m very proud of it’. He added: ‘I’ve tried to make sure whatever I’ve done has been non-party political.’

He says about his role as Prince of Wales: ‘There’s nothing laid down, that’s what makes it so interesting, challenging and of course complicated.’

Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 is on BBC One tonight at 9pm