Prince for Life

Peter Hapak for TIME

The idea of a mystery celebrity is by definition a paradox: in an age when everyone has a camera in hand at all times, we know the well-known all too well. Yet a very few public figures manage to remain visible but unapproachable, like zoo animals or a full moon. Britain's Prince Charles has lived his life in the glare, an object of curiosity and scorn and scandal; he has sought to wrench control of that spotlight and shine it into dim corners where his mere attention can do some good. In speaking out on a variety of issues, including urban...

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