OUR WORLD IN THE EYES OF THE PRINCE OF WALES
Several years ago I had the great honor and pleasure of being invited to tea at Highgrove, country residence of the Prince of Wales. Ever since that visit to his garden, a private tour for just Gil and me led personally by His Royal Highness, we've remained in touch—it amazes me that with all the people in his world he has to consider he still takes the time to think of me. This morning an envelope arrived and this post is about its contents.
I recently wrote His Royal Highness that I'd enjoyed seeing his speech in Washington on sustainability and the looming global food crisis, which can be viewed in its entirety on the web if you click here. It was a short note of admiration for his efforts in this vital cause. This is the Prince's reply.
Prince Charles is famous for writing letters—I have a stack of them here on my desk. I think I saw a recent statistic that he sends literally thousands of personal letters a year. This is just one of them. He has a style that he adheres to. He dictates to a secretary, and later, when the finished letter is printed up, he rereads it, underlining words or phrases he wishes to reenforce, then signs it. At the beginning of our friendship he always called me Mr Gervais, but somewhere along the line he took to calling me simply Paul.
But what's of real interest here is the subject matter of the book itself. It opens with these lines: "This is a call to revolution. The Earth is under threat. It cannot cope with all that we demand of it. It is losing its balance and we humans are causing this to happen." You can buy the book here.