Prince Charles visits Margaret Thatcher’s Oxford college

The Prince of Wales has described the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter as ‘happy news’ as he highlighted the importance of leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations.

Prince Charles commented on becoming a grandfather for the fifth time following the birth of Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor during a visit to a production plant for the Mini at Cowley near Oxford.

It comes after royal biographer Robert Jobson claimed Charles, 72, is ‘unlikely to meet his new granddaughter for some time’.

He told FEMAIL: ‘As it stands it seems unlikely that either grandfather will meet their new granddaughter for some time. Thomas Markle is not the only one facing problems with Harry and Meghan.’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are based in Montecito, California, welcomed their second child Lilibet at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday 4 June. 

The Prince of Wales (pictured) has described the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter as 'happy news' as he highlighted the importance of leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations

The Prince of Wales (pictured) has described the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter as 'happy news' as he highlighted the importance of leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations

Prince Charles in Oxford today

Prince Charles in Oxford today

The Prince of Wales (pictured) has described the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter as ‘happy news’ as he highlighted the importance of leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations

Prince Charles (pictured) commented on becoming a grandfather for the fifth time following the birth of Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor during a visit to a production plant for the Mini at Cowley near Oxford

Prince Charles (pictured) commented on becoming a grandfather for the fifth time following the birth of Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor during a visit to a production plant for the Mini at Cowley near Oxford

Prince Charles (pictured) commented on becoming a grandfather for the fifth time following the birth of Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor during a visit to a production plant for the Mini at Cowley near Oxford

The Prince of Wales gets out of a Mini car during a visit to the Mini plant in Oxford to celebrate UK manufacturing and innovation in the production of electric vehicles

The Prince of Wales gets out of a Mini car during a visit to the Mini plant in Oxford to celebrate UK manufacturing and innovation in the production of electric vehicles

The Prince of Wales gets out of a Mini car during a visit to the Mini plant in Oxford to celebrate UK manufacturing and innovation in the production of electric vehicles

During his trip to the production plant for the Mini, the heir to the throne also joked about the vehicle, paraphrasing the words of Sir Michael Cane’s character from the 1960s movie The Italian Job.

Charles, who drives an Aston Martin sports car converted to run on surplus wine, said at least he had not ‘blown the bloody doors off” an electric version of the mini when he took it for a brief test drive.

After he drove a new green-coloured electric vehicle off the production line he gave a speech to assembled workers and apprentices as he marked 20 years of modern mini production.

The prince said: ‘The development of technology like electric vehicles, or green hydrogen for that matter for heavy transport, is vital for maintaining the health of our world for future generations, something I’m only too aware of today having recently become a grandfather for the fifth time.

‘And such happy news really does remind one of the necessity of continued innovation in this area, especially around sustainable battery technology, in view of the legacy we bequeath to our grandchildren.’

Prince Charles' comments come after royal biographer Robert Jobson claimed the royal, 72, is 'unlikely to meet his new granddaughter for some time'

Prince Charles' comments come after royal biographer Robert Jobson claimed the royal, 72, is 'unlikely to meet his new granddaughter for some time'

Prince Charles’ comments come after royal biographer Robert Jobson claimed the royal, 72, is ‘unlikely to meet his new granddaughter for some time’

During his trip to the production plant for the Mini, the heir to the throne (pictured driving) also joked about the vehicle, paraphrasing the words of Sir Michael Cane's character from the 1960s movie The Italian Job

During his trip to the production plant for the Mini, the heir to the throne (pictured driving) also joked about the vehicle, paraphrasing the words of Sir Michael Cane's character from the 1960s movie The Italian Job

During his trip to the production plant for the Mini, the heir to the throne (pictured driving) also joked about the vehicle, paraphrasing the words of Sir Michael Cane’s character from the 1960s movie The Italian Job

Charles (pictured centre), who drives an Aston Martin sports car converted to run on surplus wine, said at least he had not ‘blown the bloody doors off" an electric version of the mini when he took it for a brief test drive

Charles (pictured centre), who drives an Aston Martin sports car converted to run on surplus wine, said at least he had not ‘blown the bloody doors off" an electric version of the mini when he took it for a brief test drive

Charles (pictured centre), who drives an Aston Martin sports car converted to run on surplus wine, said at least he had not ‘blown the bloody doors off” an electric version of the mini when he took it for a brief test drive

During his test drive, Charles had driven the Mini slowly off the production line at just a few miles an hour and turned left after about 20 metres and stopped.

He added: “If I may say so, at least my test drive a moment ago was on the whole without incident and only went to prove that the new Mini is silent but deadly and also a very good colour indeed.

‘And to paraphrase the immortal words of Sir Michael Caine “at least I didn’t blow the bloody doors off”.’

Earlier today, Prince Charles visited Margaret Thatcher’s old Oxford college, after it marked a 100 years of degrees for women.

During his visit to the plant Charles met staff on the production line as he marked 20 years of modern mini production (pictured)

During his visit to the plant Charles met staff on the production line as he marked 20 years of modern mini production (pictured)

During his visit to the plant Charles met staff on the production line as he marked 20 years of modern mini production (pictured)

The Prince of Wales, wearing a face covering due to Covid-19, drives a new electric mini car off of the production line

The Prince of Wales, wearing a face covering due to Covid-19, drives a new electric mini car off of the production line

The Prince of Wales, wearing a face covering due to Covid-19, drives a new electric mini car off of the production line

After he drove a new green-coloured electric vehicle off the production line, Charles (pictured) gave a speech to assembled workers and apprentices as he marked 20 years of modern mini production

After he drove a new green-coloured electric vehicle off the production line, Charles (pictured) gave a speech to assembled workers and apprentices as he marked 20 years of modern mini production

After he drove a new green-coloured electric vehicle off the production line, Charles (pictured) gave a speech to assembled workers and apprentices as he marked 20 years of modern mini production

The Prince of Wales appeared to be in good spirits as he met with representatives from the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development during a trip to Somerville College. 

It comes after the royal warned the world is being left ‘dangerously exposed’ to further pandemics due to the rapid destruction of the diversity and interconnectedness of all species. 

Prince Charles said he did not need to stress the ‘planetary emergency confronting us, nor the desperately urgent need for action’.

He made the comments during a speech to the Sustainable Growth 2021 Conference, hosted by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, on World Oceans Day and ahead of the G7 summit, which begins on Friday.

In 2019, Somerville College, which Baroness Thatcher attended in the 1940s, celebrated its 140th anniversary and marked 100 years of Oxford degrees for women last year. 

The Prince of Wales speaks to an employee during a visit to the Mini plant in Oxford, today

The Prince of Wales speaks to an employee during a visit to the Mini plant in Oxford, today

The Prince of Wales speaks to an employee during a visit to the Mini plant in Oxford, today

The Prince of Wales sits inside a mini car during a visit to the mini plant in Oxford to celebrate UK manufacturing

The Prince of Wales sits inside a mini car during a visit to the mini plant in Oxford to celebrate UK manufacturing

The Prince of Wales sits inside a mini car during a visit to the mini plant in Oxford to celebrate UK manufacturing

The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development advances research on the complex challenges and opportunities posed by sustainable development in India.

During the visit Charles chatted to research students from the centre about their projects.

He was told about the use of satellites to identify areas suitable for sustainable forestry and learnt how another researcher was studying water risks to help cities manage water supplies.

When the prince was introduced to the only man in the group he joked: ‘They do allow men in!’

Founded in 1879, Somerville was one of Oxford’s first two women’s colleges. It boasts the late president of India, Indira Gandhi, and Testament Of Youth author Vera Brittain among its alumnae. 

The Prince of Wales meets student and staff as he visits Somerville College on its 140th anniversary in Oxford

The Prince of Wales meets student and staff as he visits Somerville College on its 140th anniversary in Oxford

The Prince of Wales meets student and staff as he visits Somerville College on its 140th anniversary in Oxford

The Prince of Wales planting a tree to commemorate his visit to Somerville College in Oxford

The Prince of Wales planting a tree to commemorate his visit to Somerville College in Oxford

The Prince of Wales at Somerville College in Oxford

The Prince of Wales at Somerville College in Oxford

The Prince of Wales planting a tree to commemorate his visit to Somerville College in Oxford

Founded in 1879, Somerville was one of Oxford's first two women's colleges. It boasts the late president of India, Indira Gandhi, and Testament Of Youth author Vera Brittain among its alumnae

Founded in 1879, Somerville was one of Oxford's first two women's colleges. It boasts the late president of India, Indira Gandhi, and Testament Of Youth author Vera Brittain among its alumnae

Founded in 1879, Somerville was one of Oxford’s first two women’s colleges. It boasts the late president of India, Indira Gandhi, and Testament Of Youth author Vera Brittain among its alumnae

The college, which has a reputation for its 'open and inclusive ethos', started admitting men in 1994. Pictured, the royal at the college

The college, which has a reputation for its 'open and inclusive ethos', started admitting men in 1994. Pictured, the royal at the college

The college, which has a reputation for its ‘open and inclusive ethos’, started admitting men in 1994. Pictured, the royal at the college

The college, which has a reputation for its ‘open and inclusive ethos’, started admitting men in 1994. 

Baroness Thatcher read chemistry at Somerville in the 1940s. She later battled to preserve the college’s all-women status from European Community equality laws in the 1980s. 

This morning, Prince Charles gave a speech to the Sustainable Growth 2021 Conference, ahead of the G7 summit, which begins on Friday.

Other speakers at the online event included Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, who said there was no ‘get out of jail free’ card to reaching the target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Charles told the conference: ‘It is particularly timely that this important virtual event is being held today as we approach the G7 summit on Friday.

Prince Charles (pictured) visited Margaret Thatcher's old Oxford college today, after it marked a 100 years of degrees for women

Prince Charles (pictured) visited Margaret Thatcher's old Oxford college today, after it marked a 100 years of degrees for women

Prince Charles (pictured) visited Margaret Thatcher’s old Oxford college today, after it marked a 100 years of degrees for women

The Prince of Wales (pictured) appeared to be in good spirits as he met with representatives from the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development during a trip to Somerville College

The Prince of Wales (pictured) appeared to be in good spirits as he met with representatives from the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development during a trip to Somerville College

The Prince of Wales (pictured) appeared to be in good spirits as he met with representatives from the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development during a trip to Somerville College

‘As the eyes of the world focus on this wonderful county, it is encouraging to see that so many Cornish businesses and organisations are already working together to find solutions to the environmental and social challenges we face.

‘I hardly need to stress the planetary emergency confronting us, nor the desperately urgent need for action, yet if I may say so, I believe we now find ourselves presented with a unique opportunity to catalyse change towards a sustainable nature-based path here in Cornwall.’

Charles said he hoped the conference would provide an opportunity to see a sustainable operating model for Cornwall in the future.

‘It is abundantly clear that Cornish businesses must deliver not just growth but the kind of sustainable growth, genuinely sustainable growth, which gives back to nature in return for what we take from her, and which consequently leaves the next generation the inheritance of a thriving natural environment that is more resilient, and able to deliver a shared prosperity within planetary boundaries,’ he said.

‘At present, we are rapidly and disastrously destroying the miraculous diversity and interconnectedness of all species of life on Earth, thereby leaving us dangerously exposed to further devastating pandemics.’

It comes after the royal (pictured) warned the world is being left 'dangerously exposed' to further pandemics due to the rapid destruction of the diversity and interconnectedness of all species

It comes after the royal (pictured) warned the world is being left 'dangerously exposed' to further pandemics due to the rapid destruction of the diversity and interconnectedness of all species

It comes after the royal (pictured) warned the world is being left ‘dangerously exposed’ to further pandemics due to the rapid destruction of the diversity and interconnectedness of all species

Prince Charles (pictured) said he did not need to stress the 'planetary emergency confronting us, nor the desperately urgent need for action'

Prince Charles (pictured) said he did not need to stress the 'planetary emergency confronting us, nor the desperately urgent need for action'

Prince Charles (pictured) said he did not need to stress the ‘planetary emergency confronting us, nor the desperately urgent need for action’

Charles described ‘globally significant’ projects taking place in Cornwall that focused on resolving the issues of climate change, loss of species diversity and habitats, particularly in the oceans.

He said these ‘innovative and exciting’ initiatives included floating wind power in the Celtic sea, the use of geothermal power, biomethane for heating and the potential for Cornish lithium to be used for batteries.

Charles added that he was delighted a number of Cornish businesses had taken up his Terra Carta charter, launched earlier this year, which ‘places nature at the heart of global recovery’.

He described the work of accelerating a green and carbon-free recovery as a ‘hugely important task’ that was ‘far from simple’.

‘However, I’m convinced that it can and must be done and that we must start now as time is rapidly running out on us as I speak,’ Charles said.

In his speech, Sir Patrick told how Britain had come through an ‘extraordinary year’ with the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges it had brought.

‘But this challenge is much, much bigger than Covid, it will last much longer and it needs us to do things that will be embedded in everyday ways of working and living if we’re going to achieve it,’ he said. 

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