Sat 02 Apr 2016, 09:00
When Ant & Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince’s Trust premieres Friday 29 April at 20:00 on ITV Choice.
In honour of Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April, ITV Choice (123) has scheduled a raft of exclusive and never-seen-before-in-Africa programming in April and May.
The Royal Season starts on Friday 29 April at 20:00 with When Ant & Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince’s Trust.
In this unique documentary, popular presenters Ant and Dec have close access to HRH The Prince of Wales, where viewers will see an unguarded Prince of Wales talking about the upcoming 40th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust, his life as a grandfather and amusing anecdotes from his days in the Royal Navy.
This 90-minute special sees Ant and Dec, in their own inimitable style, granted a real insight into the work of The Prince’s Trust as they accompany His Royal Highness on a number of engagements – chatting to him along the way, meeting people who have benefited directly from the charity and witnessing, first-hand, the passion that The Prince has for The Trust he founded in 1976.
With extensive access to Clarence House, St James’s Palace and Kensington Palace, the duo talk openly to those closest to His Royal Highness – The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry – who tell Ant and Dec what drives The Prince in his work for charity and also share some revealing and funny stories from their lives with The Prince of Wales.
On setting up The Prince's Trust, which has now helped more than 800 000 disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to move into work or education, HRH The Prince of Wales says: 'Just getting The Trust off the ground was quite difficult, we had to overcome all these people who didn't see the point.'
Talking about the evolution of The Prince's Trust, His Royal Highness says: "You have to keep ahead of the game all the time, you can’t just sit back and say, ‘Done a marvellous job,’ because that’s how all sorts of organisations fold, because you become absolutely static, when in fact you need to be constantly thinking and aware of issues that are arising to try and make sure you are relevant."
Ant and Dec, long-term ambassadors for The Prince’s Trust and themselves of a similar vintage to The Trust having both recently turned 40, join HRH The Prince of Wales on a visit to HM Prison Parc to see with their own eyes the work the charity does there with the young offenders, attend a function at the Prince’s Welsh home near Llwynywermod and, in the private cinema in Clarence House, view some family home-movies of a young Prince with his mother, the then Princess Elizabeth.
The duo also visit Dumfries House, where Prince’s Trust trainees help serve dinner, and get invited to spend the night there with their wives, having sampled a taste of the Royal hospitality. They also go aboard HMS Belfast, where they meet some of The Prince’s former shipmates from his naval days, when he was inspired to set up The Prince’s Trust.
Also, as they reflect back on their own 40 years, Ant and Dec return to where it all started for them, Newcastle, and pay an emotional visit to the set of Byker Grove, the programme that launched their television career. Whilst there the pair meet up with fellow Geordie, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, who takes them around her childhood haunts and shares her experiences as an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust.
Talking about The Prince of Wales, Ant says: "The thing for me is he’s had his critics, he’s still got his critics, but you can’t deny that the work he’s done with The Prince’s Trust…it just works, he’s helped people, he continues to help people and good for him."
Dec adds: "There are those that will say he was born into this position of privilege and he can’t possibly empathise with the normal man on the street and the issues that face the ordinary man, but I think he can."
Filmed over a year, When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of The Prince’s Trust provides a unique perspective into the life of HRH The Prince of Wales, his work, his family and the life-changing endeavours the charity does for young and vulnerable people.