Though he has yet to become king, the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has already pledged to not interfere in the affairs of the state. In fact, he already plans on dismissing his previous outcries on activism issues saying that he’s always tried to be “non-party political,” but knows “there’s only room for one sovereign at a time.”

During the Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 documentary that aired on BBC on Nov. 8, the Prince of Wales acknowledged that he will have to resist interfering with politics when he becomes king, considering the British monarch prohibits so.

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“I’m not that stupid,” Charles, 69, expressed when asked if his valiant efforts to improve the plight of youth and the environmental crisis would go on after he succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth. “I do realize that it is a separate exercise being sovereign, so of course, I understand entirely how that should operate.”

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Much of Charles’ views on various issues have caused him to receive much criticism throughout his royal life. But the future king revealed that he is not apologizing for what has been called “meddling.” “I always wonder what ‘meddling’ is… I always thought it was motivating,” he said. “But I’ve always been intrigued if it’s meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago and what was happening or not happening there; the conditions in which people were living,” Charles insisted. “If that’s meddling, I’m very proud of it.”

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