It seems that Charles used his 70th birthday on Wednesday to highlight what he has done so far as the oldest royal successor to British history. To any extent, he used this time to redefine the role, which makes him full-time and freely expresses the issues he cares about. Many of his predecessors saw this as an opportunity to keep a low profile and enjoy the fruits of the royal family before assuming the responsibility of the Crown.
"I think you would easily understand the Prince of Wales if you came here," said Kenneth Dunsmuir, director of the Princ Foundation, the Charles Charles public procurement team, told CNN that she was standing in front of Dumfries House. "It's very clear that you clearly see what his work is and the variation of work, the variety you see on the property."
The house is best conceived as a fairy tale of the castle from the 18th century in the center of a vast, impeccable estate with commercial buildings that make community activities. No gates. Articles to the public are free to hurry and it's not uncommon for them to meet Charles himself while dealing with his inspections.
CNN has shown a high-tech science lab located among trees, for visiting school groups and a rare-breeding farm in which pigs live in plush, sweet pigs. In a renovated barn, unemployed adults studied traditional crafts. All projects speak about social and environmental problems near the heart of the prince.
Prince's trust is also well presented on initiatives to support vulnerable youth and help with their employment – something desperately needed in nearby cities that have never fully recovered from the collapse of the coal industry in the 1980s.
Within the house itself is an invaluable collection of furniture purchased directly from Thomas Chippendale's cabinet in 1750, the fifth Earl of Dumfries. The collection contains what is known as the most important furniture element in the world, a cabinet worth $ 30 million worth of assets. One of the chairs in use during CNN's visit turned out to be worth a million dollars. When asked why such a worthy chair is treated so slowly, a staff member replied: "Because they are used here."
Encouraged by the prince, this non-precious philosophy is what moves the place. He intends to be alive, a breathing project that is not just part of the community, but adds to it. Prince Charles went to rescue the estate of the seventh Markuess of Bute who could not afford maintenance. The Prince was renovated and reopened as an attraction for visitors.
Dumfries House is now the second-largest employer in the district, after local authorities, and even financed a new city assembly and an outdoor pool in the nearby town of Nev Cumnock. Every Friday, the prince is sent a report on the estate on dozens of pages and he returns it with notes on the following morning.
"Signs were there from a young adult – his concern over social issues, community issues and environmental issues," Dunsmuir said. "All that has happened is that he was increasingly involved and had the time to develop these ideas and take them further, because of the length of time that he was Prince of Vales. What I would like to think is that along with many in the Prince's Foundation its charity initiative, that this (Dom Dumfries) is a fantastic physical inheritance of the work that will always be here and always remain. "
Although Dumfries House may be a project that best symbolizes Charsh's inheritance as Prince of Wales, we should not regard it as an indication of what kind of king will be. The senior assistant said that the prince felt obliged to use his platform now to promote his causes before becoming the head of state. He knows that the two roles are separate and that "his clear desire and intention is to change his approach in the next role."
There is no doubt that there is much to live. His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is respected for the way she has always become popular during her reign, despite the collapse of the British Empire and the general loss of respect in society. It modernized and remained relevant to the acceptance of public celebrations, mass media and humanitarian work. She rarely expressed her opinions, let alone political views, so we never know what she thinks.
We know what the prince of Wales is thinking about a wide range of questions, so he is already a bigger divisional figure and it will not simply be forgotten when he crosses the throne.
He was ahead of his time on many issues, warning him from the climate of the climate change since the seventies before he became the main issue, and he continues to do so now that it has become a political issue for many.
In his speech in Accra, Ghana last week, the prince said: "I know, Mr. President, that you share my determination that the Commons should strive for renewed importance in the lives of their citizens and that they should use their impersonal networks to provide professional expertise that would offer practical solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time, many of which are deeply embedded and deeply integrated. There is no problem, I think, as with climate change. and alarming evidence that even 1.5 degrees of warming will mean catastrophic damage on the planet's ecosystems, sent a clear signal that we must all be sure to take into account. "
Charles will become the head of the Commonwealth when he becomes king.
He has again launched a case in Nigeria with a group of powerful regional leaders. After the meeting in Abuja, Emir Kano was positive about the prince's interventions, saying to CNN: "He talks about climate change, he talks about demographic implosion, talks about urban planning, and does not establish a link between these three issues, for example, and some of the conflicts we see. "
Particularly interesting was his work on youth unemployment, which is a lot in the region, although the prince was not able to see how much the country expected, according to his frustration. For security reasons, the British government suspended a visit to Josu, a city in central Nigeria, which was the site of deadly conflicts between Christians and Muslims.
"The only sad thing for me could not go to other parts of Nigeria," Prince Charles told CNN. "It's such a big country and it's obvious that there are so many other states and interesting areas. I know that many face different challenges and other opportunities, so it's a shame that they could not do it, but otherwise it's always amazing to come because people are so I am always intrigued by the way that many of these young people, for example, develop really interesting ideas that they can turn into business and similar things, helping to solve some of the real problems we are facing, especially around the environment and waste and goodness knows what drug Very genius. "
At the age of 70, Prince Charles gave his future role "a lot of thinking," said a senior assistant to CNN, especially about what he will not and will not be able to speak, but he "does not measure it hard" on his shoulders.
If he feels any pressure, he seems to end his job as Prince of Wales, the role he has made. He redefined the responsibility that comes from being a heir, and in that sense he has already abandoned the legacy.