"I'm not just an ornament"

2009-09-24 09:40

London - Britain's Prince William said on Wednesday he does not want to be seen as a mere "ornament" when it comes to royal duties and he and his brother, Harry, want to build on the charitable work of his family.

"There's a time and a place for being an ornament as such - or, you know, shaking hands and being at an engagement and showing support in that way," William told BBC television.

"But I think there's an awful lot more (to be gained) from actually doing stuff. And this is an example of what I just want to be actually more involved in."

William, 27, who is second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, was speaking at a meeting of the Princes' Charities Forum set up in 2006 which brings together 20 diverse groups, including charities, twice a year.

Helicopter training course

Prince Harry, 25, who like William is pursuing a military career, was absent from the meeting at St. James's Palace near Buckingham Palace because he was on a helicopter training course.

"His flying is not very good, so he has to do more than me," William joked.

He said the brothers wanted to be "more involved" and were determined to be seen to make a difference.

To underscore their commitment, William said, the princes were in the midst of setting up a charitable foundation.

A spokeswoman for the princes said the foundation would support work in three broad areas: sustainable development, support for young people and aid for wounded military personnel.

Guiding light

William said the princes had been inspired by the work of their parents, the Prince of Wales and the late Princess Diana.

"I've been trying to take the best bits of both of their charitable lives and trying to amalgamate them into making them even better," he said of his parents' work.

"I'm not in their league, but I'm warming up, hopefully, and I'm trying to do what I can."

His grandmother Queen Elizabeth and the dedication of his late great-grandmother were also a guiding light, he said.

"My grandmother inspires me, obviously. Her work and her duty and the dedication she has given to ... the country has been very inspiring."

"I think she has done a fantastic job and I look up to what she does."

Read more on:    prince william
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Nothing for Mahala!

2013-10-09 09:02

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Parow - 06:43 AM
    Road name: N1 Inbound
    DELAYS between Jip De Jager Drive and the N7 Highway
  • Tuesday Newlands - 06:42 AM
    Road name: M3 Inbound
    DELAYS approaching the Rhodes Avenue exit
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Bold 9790

Bold Design The BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone combines the iconic BlackBerry...

From R2979.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come up to alert you of your security needs. It may be that you need to create a better structure for your finances...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.