Prince Charles is gearing up for his Countryfile debut on Sunday night. As he and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, prepare for their tour of the Middle East, Prince Charles speaks of his concerns for Britain's rural areas in a special edition of the BBC One show Countryfile.
The soon-to-be grandfather said it was important to "work in harmony with nature" for the benefit of future generations, including that of his grandchild, who will be born in July. Charles' daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton's pregnancy has made him think even more about the importance of sustainability.
"We need to think about what kind of world we're handing on to our successors, particularly grandchildren. If you think of it in those terms, it should make us reflect a little bit about the way we do things so we don't ruin it for them.
"Unless we take trouble and nurture, pay our respect and reverence to nature, she's a great deal more powerful than we are."
Charles agreed to guest-edit the weekly rural affairs show, which airs tonight, as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The episode comes as Charles and Camilla prepare to fly to the Middle East on Monday.
During the trip The Prince of Wales will visit a friend of his mother's in Oman. Charles will meet with the Sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, who is a personal friend of The Queen.
The royal couple are travelling as part of a mission to promote British interests in the region. First they will journey 2258 miles to Jordan before heading to Qatar and Oman where they can expect to receive a wonderful reception from Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said.