Charles: 50 Years a Prince – ITV

The investiture Charles: 50 Years a Prince
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ITV documentary Charles: 50 Years a Prince takes a candid look at the life of Prince Charles since his investiture as Prince of Wales

Half a century after Prince Charles was formally invested as Prince of Wales, the revealing Charles: 50 Years a Prince, previously shown on ITV Wales, sees the Prince speak candidly about his role and the very special connection he feels to the principality.

He also shares his memories of that investiture in July 1969 and talks about the challenges he faced in the lead-up to the ceremony, including protests from Welsh nationalists.

The one-off programme, narrated by actor Luke Evans, also follows him during his annual Welsh tour with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and offers a glimpse of Llwynywermod, the Welsh home he has created in Carmarthenshire, which has become a showcase for local craftsmanship (for full listings, see our TV Guide). 

Charles: 50 Years a Prince

Prince Charles shares his love of Wales in Charles: 50 Years a Prince on ITV

‘We had fantastic access and captured the Prince at his most relaxed,’ reveals executive producer Siân Price.

‘He didn’t shy away from the difficulties he’s experienced and spoke movingly of how he set about turning things around.’

‘I remember one day exploring a bit of wonderfully remote mid-Wales, which is magical countryside, relatively empty, and I got completely lost and had this chance to explore.

‘I rather fell in love with a lot of the Welsh countryside.

‘I learned an awful lot about Wales in the process,’ says the Prince, who has refurbished Llwynywermod using local materials with the help of Welsh craftspeople.

‘It just seemed to me wonderful to have somewhere in Wales to base myself, which would indicate as much interest and concern for people in Wales as I could. 

‘And I’ve tried, as hard as I can, to encourage people to remember and develop the timeless nature of their culture and traditions.’

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TV Times rating: ****

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.