Prince Charles: Being Relevant Isn't Easy

Prince Charles: Being Relevant Isn't Easy
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10/28/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT

Due to arrive in America with his wife Camilla on Tuesday, Britain's Prince Charles – known for his chilly relationship with the world's media – has granted his first U.S. TV interview in a decade.

Speaking to 60 Minutes, he admits that he struggles against the perception that the royal family is out of touch with its subjects.

"The most important thing is to remain relevant. ... It isn't easy, as you can imagine," says the 56-year-old heir to the British throne, according to excerpts from the interview, slated to air Sunday on CBS.

"If you say anything, people will say, 'It's all right for you to say that.' It's very easy to just dismiss anything I say. ... It's difficult," he says.

To fight this perception, Charles has founded 14 charities and dealt with environmental and social class issues. "Worrying about this country and its inhabitants – that's my particular duty," he says. "And I find myself born into this particular position. I am determined to make the most of it."

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