THE moment Prince Charles left Royal aides scrabbling for their purses has been revealed in a documentary celebrating his birthday.
In Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, the Prince of Wales was seen going shopping in a Vanuatu market with no money.
In the clip, screened in the documentary on BBC One this evening, Charles was seen scouting for gifts at a local market and speaking to several sellers.
Pointing to a bag on a market stall, Prince Charles says: “Could I buy that one?”
However, as the Prince didn’t have the local currency, his protection officer and private secretary were left behind, scrambling for the money for the bag.
In the footage, one of the Prince’s entourage was pictured leaping to the rescue and handing over the money.
But just moments later, the royal staff had to cough up again for a wicker basket and wooden pigs.
“Can I buy one of these? Could I buy it? Very kind.” Charles asks, the basket seller.
He then turns to one of his staff behind the camera who says: “We’ll sort that out for you sir.”
Speaking to the market seller again, Charles says: “I’m trying to help contribute towards the local community in Vanuatu. They’ll be very nice presents.”
Reappearing moments later, the prince’s staff member says: “Ok, we can do this now,” as he counts out the money.
Elsewhere in the documentary, the close relationship between Prince Charles and new daughter-in-law Meghan Markle was revealed as he vowed to do ‘anything Meghan needs’ when Prince Harry asked him to walk his bride down the aisle.
Prince Harry described the moment, saying Charles vowed: “I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you.”
The Duke of Sussex tells the BBC he thinks his dad knew the request was coming with Meg’s father Thomas unable to attend.
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Harry added: “For him that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support. He’s our father, of course he’s going to support us.”
Princes Harry and William also spoke about how their eco-conscious father has taught them life-long habits.
William said: “I’ve got serious OCD about light switches now, it’s terrible.
“Which is crazy, which is insane. My wife says ‘why are you turning the lights off? It’s dark’”, Harry added.
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“Those little habit changes he’s making, every single person can do. I think that’s one of the key lessons that he taught us,” Harry continued.
The princes also spoke about their “litter-picking holidays” to Norfolk with their father.
Prince William said: “He took us litter-picking when we were younger on holiday. We were in Norfolk on school holidays, and we went litter-picking with him. Again, both of us thought, this is perfectly normal everyone must do it.
“We were there with our basically spikes stabbing the rubbish into black plastic bags.”
The crusading Prince also vowed not to meddle as king but admits: “You never know.”
Told he is often accused of meddling, Charles said: “Really, you don’t say? But I always wonder what meddling is? I always think it was motivating.”
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