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Charles 'Prison' Fear 'Due To Charity Limits'
The Prince of Wales regards becoming monarch as a form of "prison" because he will be unable to carry out the charity work he loves, according to a journalist.
Catherine Mayer, editor at large for Time Magazine, interviewed up to 50 aides as well as the Prince himself in order to get a rare perspective from inside Clarence House.
It has been widely reported that an aide told Ms Mayer Charles fears becoming king because it will leave him feeling like a 'prisoner'.
But Ms Mayer has since told Sky News that although an aide did use the word prison to describe how Charles feels, it was in relation to the restrictions being king would have on his charity and philanthropy activities.
She said: "I'm not saying that ... he is unwilling or not wanting to be king or to take on the duties of the monarch. What the quote was about was the restrictions on his time.
"The person in the quotation was not suggesting that he views being monarch as prison. That would be a completely inaccurate understanding of it.
"This really amuses me as one of the reasons I wanted to write this article was this huge gap between the Prince and his public persona and that has to do with the way he is reported in this country.
"This is not about his wanting to be king, what this is about is, far from having sat impatiently wanting to be king, Prince Charles is one of the world's great philanthropists. He has funded more than 25 charities.
"What the problem is about is how to manage his time as he takes on more of the Queen's duties."
In the Time magazine interview, the member of Prince Charles' household claimed the 64-year-old heir to the throne is concerned he will not achieve enough with his various interests before "the prison shades" close.
It forced Clarence House to make a robust denial of the reports on Friday morning.
The article said Charles was aware that as soon as he does ascend the throne he will have to drop his numerous charities and projects that he has spent his life nurturing and instead take on "joyless" duties.
It concludes: "Far from itching to assume the crown, he is already feeling its weight and worrying about the impact on the job he has been doing."
While preparing the article, Ms Mayer was also granted an exclusive interview with Charles himself.
Ms Mayer wrote that the Royal had long suffered misperceptions that he is "aloof, spoiled and desperate to become king".
She described him instead as a "passionate philanthropist, magnetic in his personal interactions and deeply committed to making the most of his inherited position".
Meanwhile, Charles told the magazine he had had a lifelong desire to "heal and make things better."
"I've had this extraordinary feeling, for years and years, ever since I can remember really, of wanting to heal and make things better," Charles was quoted as saying.
"I feel more than anything else it's my duty to worry about everybody and their lives in this country, to try to find a way of improving things if I possibly can."
He also revealed that he recently staged a rehearsal to help teach his son, Prince William, how to host an investiture ceremony in which Britons receive knighthoods and other honours.
The Duke of Cambridge presided over his first investiture at Buckingham Palace last week without any problems.
In the feature, Ms Mayer quoted the actress Emma Thompson as saying dancing with her "old friend" Charles was "better than sex".
Ms Mayer also revealed that the high profile guests that grace Charles' dinner table were known as "Bond villains" by members of his household.
The statement put out by Clarence House in response to the article said: "This is not the Prince of Wales's view and should not be attributed to him as he did not say these words.
"The Prince has dutifully supported the Queen all his life and his official duties and charitable work have always run in parallel."