‘It was a lot of fun!’ On a vegetable garden, Prince Charles tells Princess Anne’s childhood story.
During a BBC Radio 4 interview, PRINCE CHARLES told a story about himself and his sister Princess Anne from their infancy.
For a show that aired in August, the Prince of Wales, 72, spoke with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, 58, about his earliest experience of nature. For Mr Armitage, the future King recounted how he and Princess Royal, 71, had “wonderful joy” growing tomatoes in their “small vegetable patch.”
“In the back of some border somewhere, my sister and I had a little vegetable patch,” he explained.
“We had a lot of fun attempting to grow tomatoes, which we failed at, and other stuff like that.”
Charles also claimed that a “splendid” former Buckingham Palace gardener assisted him and his sister.
Before retiring in 1978, Fred Nutbeam, who died in 1997, worked as a royal gardener for over 25 years.
Mr. Armitage received the following message from Prince Charles: “At Buckingham Palace, there was a great head gardener named Mr Nutbeam, who was quite splendid.
“He was wonderful, and he even assisted my sister and myself with our small garden.”
Mr Nutbeam was even accused of wheelbarrowing the Firm’s youngsters around Buckingham Palace.
“Fred told me he used to drive Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward about the grounds in a wheelbarrow,” ex-Superintendent of Royal Parks Jim Buttress told The Sunday Times in 2016.
And it appears that Charles’ early encounters with nature have influenced how important the environment is to him today, particularly for British youngsters.
During his conversation with Mr Armitage, Charles asserted that nothing beats homegrown food and proposed that younger Britons be encouraged to try it.
“I don’t think there’s anything like eating what you’ve grown,” he remarked.
“This is just another reason why I believe it is critical to find ways to encourage students to grow veggies and other items at school.”
For their interview, Simon Armitage traveled to the Prince of Wales’ Carmarthenshire farmhouse, Llywynywrmod.
“It’s nice coming down,” Charles said Mr. Armitage of the home he bought in 2006.
He continued, ” “I also enjoy visiting in the winter on weekends when I am able.
“And I skulk around in the Brecon Beacons, exploring and fighting my way through enormous flocks of sheep all over the place, which is magical.”
“It’s unique in that it’s more of a cottage.”