Prince Charles’s well-being: Heir admits to suffering from back discomfort and says, “I’d give anything to be more hands on.”
PRINCE CHARLES discussed his love of gardening and spoke up about past troubles.
During a special meeting with Simon Armitage, the Poet Laureate, Prince Charles, 72, revealed his back is “not so good.” The Prince of Wales talked about planting trees and cultivating flowers during the interview, which will air tonight on Mr Armitage’s The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed.
However, Charles was open about the minor challenges that come with becoming older, which makes gardening a different experience than it used to be.
“I’d give anything to be more hands-on,” the Prince responded when asked if he is a hands-on gardener. But it’s always the lack of time that’s the issue.
“I enjoy planting trees and plants, but my back isn’t doing so well right now.
“So I spend my life on my knees trying to do it.”
“Which is fine and dandy, but digging on your knees is a another story.”
Prince George, Charles’ grandson and third-in-line to the throne, has joined him in his passion for planting trees.
The Queen’s heir disclosed in 2015 that he and the then two-year-old planted a Balsam poplar tree at Highgrove, the Prince of Wales’ home in Gloucestershire.
“The pleasure is to encourage grandkids to plant a tree now and then so they can measure themselves, if you know what I mean, by the size of the tree,” Charles told Mr Armitage of that same tree.
“This thing has gotten a lot bigger. I mean, it’s already higher than this barn, which is fairly satisfying for a child when you can say, “Look at it now.”
“Every year, it grows around three feet. That is something that not many people do.”
In a 2016 interview with Gardeners’ Question Time, Charles acknowledged that he got George involved in gardening at such a young age in the hopes that he would grow to enjoy it.
“I always liked gardening as a child since I have such great recollections of pieces of garden from my grandmother’s house,” he continued.
“So you believe the roads and the interest, like a maze, would appeal to a child?
“All you have to do is put yourself in the shoes of a child, and it works.”
During his open talk with the Poet Laureate, Charles remembered fond childhood recollections of tending a vegetable plot at Buckingham Palace with his sister Princess Anne. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”