World: If I Can Prove Myself Useful . . .

During a break in his paratrooper training, Prince Charles spent the better part of a weekend responding on paper to questions submitted to him by TIME, writing out his replies on lined foolscap with a felt-tipped pen. This rare royal interview is the first that Charles has given to a non-British publication. Excerpts:

On his royal role. There is no clearly defined job for a Prince of Wales. It is a question of what you make of the position. I believe that it is best to confine myself to three basic aims at the start—to show concern for people, to display interest...

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