Prince Charles to take part in documentary series about what the Duchy of Cornwall does

By Zach Harper

What does a future King do every day? Those wondering how Prince Charles spends his time away from the limelight will soon find out thanks to an ITV series the Prince of Wales is set to air this fall. Tentatively titled Inside the Duchy, it will feature two one-hour episodes and will be released to coincide his 50th working year as Duke of Cornwall.

Charles let a film crew from BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions follow him for a year while shooting the series, which will explain “the way The Duchy is run to reflect his belief that economic development works best when in harmony with the natural world and local communities,” an ITV spokesperson said in a statement. A duchy is a territory of a duke or duchess, otherwise known as a dukedom.

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The duke also gave cameras access to his meetings, and had them join him to his estate in Poundbury. It is not known whether Prince William, who will inherit the duchy when he becomes Duke of Cornwall during Charles’s reign, will appear in the series.

Charles weeding his herb garden at Highgrove House in 1986. Photo: © Tim Graham / Getty Images

There’s a good chance we’ll get to see Charles gardening, which is one of his oldest and most beloved hobbies, during the series. The prince is also known for his love of organic farming, and created the Duchy Originals (now Waitrose Duchy Organic) brand in 1990 as an outlet for organic food grown at his Highgrove House estate, which is part of the duchy.

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Along with the Duchy of Lancaster, the Duchy of Cornwall is one of two royal duchies in England. It was created by Edward III in 1337, and today it has an annual income of nearly $38 million, which is spread amongst Charles, his family and his charities. Since its inception, it has been inherited by each Prince of Wales when their parent succeeds the throne. It consists of more than 130,000 acres of land in 23 English counties. It also pays the salaries of Charles and Camilla’s staff, along with those of William and Duchess Kate and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.

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