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Prince Charles at 70 Offers a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Royal Life

Here's your first look at the new documentary, which airs this weekend on PBS.
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Lately, we hear a lot about Meghan and Kate, while it seems other members of the Royal Family are seemingly out of sight. Join us Sunday for a revealing portrait of Prince Charles. We'll explore his life as the longest-serving heir to the throne, from philanthropic work to family life. Prince Charles at 70 begins at 8:00 p.m. Sunday (3/24)

Posted by PBS SoCal on Thursday, March 21, 2019

In his 70th year, Prince Charles is offering fans of the royal family a behind-the-scenes look at his life through the new documentary Prince Charles at 70.

Director John Bridcut—who is known for his work on previous royal-centric documentaries including Elizabeth at 90 and The Prince and the Composerfilmed Prince Charles for eleven months, capturing both public and private moments on film, and interviewing Prince Harry, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Prince of Wales himself about the heir apparent to the British throne.

Given his experience, Bridcut is particularly well-versed in the challenges of crafting a documentary like this one.

"Any filming with the royal family where you have special access is bound to be very intense because of the sensitivities about security. You have to exercise a lot of diplomatic skill in filming," he told T&C, explaining how on official royal engagements his goal was for his crew to fade into the background, something easier said than done when boom microphones and large camera equipment are involved.

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He also emphasized the importance of have an "honest," but not "subservient" relationship with both the press office of Clarence House and with the royals themselves.

"I’d say that with any access-based film, it only works on the basis of trust, and that is trust on both sides," he said. "It’s an honest relationship, but it’s not a subservient one."

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While the film has already aired in the U.K. to much acclaim, this weekend, it finally gets its stateside premiere on PBS. 

An exclusive clip from the program (above) shows Charles speaking with his equerry and private secretary, mapping out his schedule for the weeks ahead.

"I was keen to show the diary meeting because of the range of Prince Charles's activities. His diary is very busy, and I wanted to show the way that the official duties are mixed in with things that he particularly wants to do, people he feels he needs to see, and to support," Bridcut says.

"It was part of showing business as usual and what goes on behind the scenes, but the meeting was also tied in to the visit to Australia, and the Commonwealth Games. Prince Charles particularly wanted to go to the Great Barrier Reef because he wanted to see what the effect of climate change had been since he was last there. He tries to sort of shoe horn these things in among the other straightforward official meetings."

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The film paints Prince Charles as many things: a passionate environmentalist, a workaholic, a caring father, a witty speaker, and an heir to the throne who isn't wasting his time in the wings.

But perhaps Bridcut summarizes Charles best when he says, "There’s never been a Prince of Wales like him at all."

Watch the exclusive sneak peek of the film above. Prince Charles at 70 airs on March 24, 2019, on PBS.

*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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