Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wants her husband to be more green-fingered – like his father Charles and celebrity gardener and TV’s most soothing voice, Monty Don.
While on a tour of Brighter Futures in Rhyl, North Wales, Prince William said that his wife is planning to buy him one of garden expert Monty Don’s books so he can learn more and bond over the subject with avid gardener Prince Charles.
The Prince of Wales is well-known for being extremely environmentally conscious, as well as someone who exercises a great interest in gardening and horticulture.
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That’s why it’s no surprise that Kate, who designed a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019, is pushing for her husband to follow Monty’s lead.
While planting a tree on his tour, Prince William spoke candidly to coordinator, Brian Penney.
Speaking afterwards, Brian explained the prince had said his wife “does all the gardening” but added: “I really like it, but I have no idea what I’m doing.”
Brian recalled: “He told me Kate is getting him into gardening… she’s going to get him Monty Don’s book.”
The Duke also revealed to Brian that his father’s interest in gardening is spurring him on to learn about the subject.
“He said she wants to get him into it because Charles is into it, so it’s something for them to enjoy together.”
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As Prince William also stands to one day inherit the vast 135,000-acre Duchy of Cornwall Estate, he may wish to follow in his father’s pioneering footsteps and get a grasp on the terminology sooner rather than later.
Prince Charles’s work and belief in organic farming will no doubt be a large part of his legacy.
The heir to the throne has said, “In farming, as in gardening, I happen to believe that if you treat the land with love and respect (in particular, respect for the idea that it has an almost living soul, bound up in the mysterious, everlasting cycles of nature) then it will repay you in kind.”