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Prince Charles to take part in TV show about worlds most extraordinary

Prince Charles on Countryfile in 2013 Prince William will one day inherit the Duchy A royal source said it was hoped that the documentary would help explain to the public how the Duchy “not only makes a positive contribution to communities where it has land and investments, but also significantly contributes to the costs of the Prince’s household and those of his children”.Bill Lyons, the executive producer who has also worked on programmes including Countryfile, said: “It’s rare to have access to an untold story but that’s exactly what we discovered in the Duchy of Cornwall.“These films will reveal just how much HRH The Prince of Wales has invested – personally and emotionally – into what has been his lifetime’s endeavour.”Jon Swain, head of BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions which will make the show for ITV, said: “We’re delighted to be working with ITV and opening a window onto one of the world’s most extraordinary family businesses.” Prince Charles on Countryfile in 2013Credit:BBC Prince Charles prunes a tree at Dumfries House The Prince has been highly selective about which television projects he takes part in personally, with a CV now including a guest editing slot on Countryfile in 2013 and a recent and revealing BBC documentary marking his 70th birthday.The new programme is intended to focus closely on the work of the Duchy, joining the Prince in meetings, at his Poundbury housing estate and out in the countryside.Fittingly, he has been filmed laying a hedge: one of his passionate hobbies which his sons Prince William and Prince Harry have laughingly described as causing his policeman to come back from work bleeding after helping him.The Duke of Cambridge, who will one day take over the estate, could make an appearance on screen, having attended regular meetings about the Duchy recently. ITV said the programme will “offer an unprecedented insight into The Duchy of Cornwall, which covers more than 130,000 acres across 23 counties, touching coast, countryside and city.”“This unique 700 year old institution is both an ancient Royal estate, providing the personal income for every Duke of Cornwall since 1337, and a forward-thinking 21st century business, generating an income of over £20 million per year for The Prince, his family and his charitable organisations,” a spokesman added.In particular, the estate currently funds the staff and lives of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Cambridges and the Sussexes, with the exception of security and working travel. Prince William will one day inherit the DuchyCredit:WPA When the Queen joked that her first-born son was a “true Duchy Original” during his 70th birthday party, it raised a hearty laugh from friends, family and royal watchers but required a little explaining to some in the wider world.But anyone who has wondered what exactly the Duchy of Cornwall is and does, not to mention how it funds the lives of the Prince of Wales and his children, will soon be wondering no more.The Prince has allowed television cameras into film the inner workings of his Duchy, with a crew embedding for a year behind-the-scenes to shed light on the royal estate.Including interviews with the Prince himself, it will follow staff and tenants working and living across the 700-year-old estate which now creates £20million a year for its custodian and his charities. The ITV television programme, which will be aired in two one-hour documentaries, will be broadcast in the autumn, after the Prince celebrates his 50th working year as the Duke of Cornwall.Provisionally called Inside The Duchy, it will see the Prince explain “the way The Duchy is run to reflect his belief that economic development works best when in harmony with the natural world and local communities”, a spokesman for ITV said. The Duchy estate was established by Edward III to provide a private income for his son and heir to the throne Edward, later known as the Black Prince, and its purpose remains the same today.Prince Charles became the 24th Duke of Cornwall on the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952 and at the age of 21, in 1969, he became entitled to the full income from the Duchy and took over its management.Today it is a private portfolio of land, financial investments and property – including the Oval cricket ground and 67,000 acres of Dartmoor – which funds the public, charitable and private activities of the prince and his immediate family.The 2017/18 accounts for the Duchy showed annual income from the private estate had increased by 5 per cent to £21.7 million. Prince Charles prunes a tree at Dumfries HouseCredit:Chris Jackson read more

Medical exams underway on staff of navy ships where asbestos detected

first_imgMEDICAL SCREENINGS ON civilian employees who worked on the navy ships where asbestos was detected are being carried out.According to the Minister of State at the Departments of An Taoiseach and Defence Paul Kehoe, all staff on board LE Ciara, LE Orla and in the Naval Service dockyard, including the civilian workforce, have been briefed on the situation to date.Answering a parliamentary question, he said that all Naval Service personnel who may have come into contact with asbestos have been screened by the Naval Medical Officer. “Medical screening of civilian employees by an occupational health practitioner has commenced and will be completed in the coming weeks,” said Kehoe.Asbestos Earlier this year while work was being carried out on both LE Orla and LE Ciara material which was suspected as being asbestos was found on both ships. A full survey and analysis of the ships confirmed that the material was asbestos.Kehoe said that the HSA launched its own investigation into the incident and this is ongoing.“I am advised that the HSA has visited the Naval Base a number of times and has served the Naval Service with an improvement notice under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005,” he said.Since the discovery of asbestos, air sampling and monitoring has been conducted by an external contractor on both ships and in the transport workshops and the samples taken were found to be safe.As part of the requirements under the HSA improvement notice, the Naval Service has engaged an external company, Abestaways, who are specialists in asbestos removals, to undertake the deep “environmental clean” of the two ships.This clean-up commenced on 26 May and is estimated to take a number of weeks.On completion of this process an independent asbestos consultancy company, Phoenix Environmental, will carry out air monitoring, analysis and third party assurance and reissue a re-occupational certificate as required by the HSA.Kehoe said that in the early 2000s, an external asbestos company was brought in to inspect the ships. The company gave the fleet the all clear,despite asbsetos being present in some of the ships.“That consultancy is no longer in business,” said Kehoe.Serious situation “I am advised by the Naval Service that a full asbestos audit of all ships in the fleet will be carried out and in the interim a full asbestos risk assessment will be carried out prior to any work commencing. As I mentioned previously, this matter is being treated with the utmost seriousness and attention by the Department of Defence and the Naval Service,” he said.Kehoe said the Naval Service will be launching a formal accident investigation team to investigate all aspects behind this occurrence and “to ensure that there is no repetition in the future”.The minister said that while the cleaning is underway, the Naval Service is only currently operating six of its ships, just 75 per cent of its resources.Read: Asbestos found on LÉ Aoife this week should have been removed a decade ago>Read: Hundreds of Irish soldiers were exposed to asbestos while serving overseas EXCLUSIVE>last_img read more