Prince Albert speaks of friend King Charles ahead of coronation: 'A most patient man'

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King Charles and Prince Albert (Photo: Getty Images)
King Charles and Prince Albert (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco will attend the coronation of King Charles.
  • Ahead of the coronation, Albert speaks of his admiration for the king, calling him "a pioneer" of environmentalism.
  • He describes Charles, a friend of his, as "a most patient man" before revealing an inside joke between the two that speaks to his "great sense of humour".

Prince Albert of Monaco confirmed in a new interview with People that he and Princess Charlene will attend King Charles' coronation in May.

"I'm certain that it's going to be an incredible ceremony and a very moving one," he said, before revealing his close friendship with the British monarch.

The two heads of state have bonded over environmental issues, though Albert believes the Prince of Wales may take over much of Charles' fight as his duties increase as king.

"The king has been very much in the forefront," Albert said, describing Charles as "a pioneer" of environmentalism.

"He was the first major figure of state, a leader of opinion, to commit himself to environmental protection. He really began in the 1980s — and in many pioneering ways. In sustainability and really in every aspect of it. In architecture, for example, and in using different designs, even to small town designs."

"That part of Charles' legacy will live on through those who show real concern and commitment to environmental issues and wildlife survival. I've seen this personally, and that's a wonderful legacy."

Albert described Charles as "a most patient man. A very educated man and someone with a great sense of humour" before sharing an inside joke between the two.

"There was a time for several years when we would always be paired up at, I don't really want to call them royal events, but at occasions like weddings, funerals, christenings among other royal families. If there was a procession to march in and out of, say, a hall or cathedral, or when people needed to be announced, we would always be paired together because we were 'the two single royal guys.'

"It became kind of a 'Here we go again!' situation, which happened to us so often that we'd laugh about it. 'Oh, I see you're here, so I guess we're gonna end up walking down the aisle together again.'"  

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