Originally Posted by Madame Royale
Having yesterday watched a documentary about Highgrove, I am nothing short of amazed at just how breathtakingly serene and beautiful the estate is.
The Prince is well featured and presents his garden to the interviewer at length.
The Prince of Wales and his gardening specialists have devoted so much effort and time into it's conservation; it's not hard to tell it's a labour of love for all.
Whenever I watch this documentary - and I've seen it now about twice - I am always struck about how careful and deliberate Charles is in his decision making - and so the tragedy of his personal life is thrown all the more into sharper relief. It is good that things have turned out happy for him and that he finally insisted that his personal life contentment trumps the falsity of tabloid opinions - but what a trail of tears to that happiness.
The many 'if only's' - if only his first wife were intellectually curious, if only she valued home life and married life above the glitz of the camera and recognized that she had a loyal and serious partner - if only the first marriage had been one that resulted in comfortable middle age - all the if only's. Really sad.
But the real stand out is how interesting Charles is - a man who decided very early on to 'have a life' and not sit idly waiting for the throne or live his life in the camera's eye. In this the two eldest children of the Queen are interesting - and perhaps its the influence of the Queen Mother who as I have understood had a considerable hand in their upbringing (not as much with the second pair of children).
This clip reminds me that of all the Royals he is the one - along with Camilla - I'd be interested in meeting - and not just for a moment. I mean an afternoon of conversation. There's a lot there to make a fascinating visit.