Prince Charles has insisted he’ll keep his views to himself when he becomes king.
The Prince of Wales, who turns 70 on Nov. 14, is known to voice his opinions on everything from global warming to architectural preservation.
However, Charles admitted “I’m not that stupid” as he was quizzed on whether this would change once he succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The royal told the BBC: “I do realize that it is a separate exercise being sovereign, so, of course, I understand entirely how that should operate.”
A documentary titled “Prince, Son & Heir: Charles at 70″ is set to air Thursday ahead of Charles’s milestone birthday next week.
Despite admitting his public campaigning will reach an end at some point, he did defend his activism, insisting: “If it’s meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago… if that’s meddling, I’m very proud of it.”
Charles has hit numerous headlines in the past due to his outspoken views, with him losing a court battle in 2015 to prevent the disclosure of 27 letters sent to government officials on the likes of badger culling, fish protection, and more.
He also launched his charity — the Prince’s Trust — back in 1976 in a bid to help disadvantaged young people.
Charles’ wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said of her husband in the documentary: “He’s pretty impatient, he wants things done by yesterday, as I think everybody who works for him will tell you. But that’s how he gets things done. He’s driven by this, this passion inside him to really help. He would like to save the world.”
She also said she thinks the heir to the throne is fantastic with children, mentioning her own four grandchildren from her previous marriage.
“He reads ‘Harry Potter’ and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that,” Camilla said of Charles. “He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know, making funny noises and laughing, and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him.”