There has been ill-informed speculation recently, in your columns and elsewhere, about the attitude of The Prince of Wales to the role of Sovereign. His Royal Highness has always preferred not to comment on matters which relate to a future whose date is unknown, and would arise only after the death of his mother.
After half a century in public life, few could be better placed than His Royal Highness to understand the necessary and proper limitations on the role of a constitutional monarch. Should he be called to the Throne, The Prince of Wales will be inspired by the examples of his mother and grandfather, while drawing also on his own experience of a lifetime of service. He will seek to continue his service to this country and the other Realms, to the Commonwealth and to the wider world.
Principal Private Secretary to Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall