Charles 'prison' claim denied

Clarence House has denied a claim by one of his aides that the Prince of Wales fears that being king will be a form of prison. The comment was made to Time magazine in a profile of the prince.

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Charles 'prison' comment denied

Clarence House has robustly denied a claim made by an aide of Charles to Time magazine that the prince believes becoming king would be akin to "prison".

A Clarence House spokesman said:

This is not the Prince of Wales's view and should not be attributed to him as he did not say these words.

The Prince has dutifully supported the Queen all his life and his official duties and charitable work have always run in parallel.

'Complete nonsense' that Charles fears role of king

Ian Pelham Turner, former royal photographer, spoke to ITV's Daybreak. Credit: ITV Daybreak

Former royal photographer Ian Pelham Turner said he thought it was "complete nonsense" that Prince Charles fears that the role of king will be a form of prison.

An aide told Time Magazine that he was was keen to engage in as much charitable and environmental work before the "prison shades close".

But Mr Pelham Turner told ITV's Daybreak: "I think it's a complete nonsense. I have known Charles for years and I have never known Prince Charles ever to think he wouldn't become king one day and look forward to it."

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Prince Charles fears role of king will be 'form of prison'

Prince Charles is the longest-serving heir in history. Credit: PA Wire

The Prince of Wales fears that being king will be a form of prison and is in no rush to take up the role, according to one of his aides.

Time magazine had extensive access to Prince Charles and spoke to more than 50 of his friends and staff for a profile ahead of his 65th birthday next month.

One member of the household told the magazine that Prince Charles was keen to engage in as much charitable and environmental work before the "prison shades close".

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