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The ties that bind Prince Charles and his sons
In April 2013 Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, known since their marriage as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, attended the opening of the Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Residential Centre on the Dumfries House estate in Scotland. The project, named for a member of the prominent Armenian family that funded it, is one of a number of initiatives that William’s father, Prince Charles, has founded to encourage youth leadership in Britain. As Charles cleared his throat to begin his speech, William spoke to the heir to the throne in a way few people can get away with. “Make it brief,” he said.
He spoke in jest, but the light moment reveals much about the journey Charles and his family …
This is an edited extract from Born to Be King: Prince Charles on Planet Windsor, by Time editor at large Catherine Mayer, to be published by Henry Holt on Feb. 17. Copyright © 2015 by Catherine Mayer.