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Prince Charles on impending grandfatherhood, fears for Harry in Afghanistan

posted 7 Jan 2013, 06:29 by Mpelembe   [ updated 7 Jan 2013, 06:30 ]

In an interview to be broadcast on ITV's This Morning on Monday (January 7), Prince Charles discusses the responsibility of grandfatherhood, and reiterates his fears for his son Prince Harry who is currently serving in Afghanistan.

LONDONUNITED KINGDOM (DECEMBER 20, 2012) (THIS MORNING, ITV1, ITV STUDIOS) -  The Prince of Wales said he was 'getting very old' in response to congratulations at his impending grandfatherhood from the This Morning presenting team of Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who were conducting an interview to be broadcast on Monday (January 7).

In the wide-ranging interview with the ITV daytime show, recorded at Clarence House before Christmas, the Prince also spoke of the responsibility he feels, as the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeWilliamand Kate, await their first child.

"For what it's worth I've gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the longterm in relation to environmental damage, climate change and everything else, because we don't really - in a sensible world - want to hand on an increasingly disfunctional world on our grandchildren. And I don't want to be confronted by my future grandchild saying 'why didn't you do something?' So clearly now that I will have a grandchild, it makes it even more obvious, to try and make sure we hand them.. leave them something that isn't a totally poisoned chalice," said Prince Charles.

He also reiterated his worry about Prince Harry, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.

"If you are a parent or relation to a loved one and that person is away in these incredibly dangerous and challenging circumstances, I know you worry all the time," he said.

"Certainly every night I worry. But he [ Prince Harry ] loves doing what he's doing and he's brilliant at it."

He added: "I constantly meet the families of those who have lost their sons, husbands, brothers or sisters... and I have some understanding at least of what they go through."