Tonight, Britan’s Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec (what America would have if Idol never fired Brian Dunkleman) hosted an anniversary special to celebrate 40 year’s of Prince Charles’ charity, The Prince’s Trust.
Through job training and programs designed to boost self-confidence, The Prince’s Trust has helped thousands upon thousands of young Brits to beat the odds and rise above their at-risk upbringing.
As ambassadors of the charity, Ant and Dec spent a year focusing on the work Charles has done since 1976 in helping young people to reach their potential.
“There are those that will say he was born into this position of privilege and he can’t possibly empathise with the normal man on the street and the issues that face the ordinary man, but I think he can,” Dec said.
Tonight’s special featured interviews with Prince Harry, Prince William and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as those who have succeeded with the help of the Trust.
A lighthearted clip shows Prince Charles “auditioning” at Dumfries House in Scotland as if he were a contestant on Talent.
Holding a cup of tea, Charles softly sang along to “The Bonnie Lass o’Fyvie,” pulling a face as if to say “One is dreadful, isn’t one!”
Now that William is a father, he realizes why Charles was adamant about getting the Trust off the ground. Charles hopes that his two sons take over the charity one day.
“I’m a lot more emotional than I used to be, weirdly,” William said in a sit-down with Ant, Dec and Harry.
“I never used to get too wound up or worried about things. But now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father,” he explained.
“Just because you realise how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective. The idea of not being around to see your children grow up and stuff like that.”
Harry spoke of his closeness to the Cambridges, both emotionally and physically since he lives a stone’s throw from their home at Kensington Palace.
“I can always hear the wheels of those plastic tractors that George loves playing on,” Harry joked.
The 90-special was an endearing one, showing Charles the family man that not many see.
“He was lovely about Camilla and the two boys and being a granddad,” Ant told Event Magazine about filming the special.
“It was fascinating just to hear him talk like that.”
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