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Prince Charles ‘going to feel pretty vindicated’ after future King’s decades-old admission

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The 73-year-old royal has long been mocked for talking to plants. He first admitted to doing so in a 1986 interview, when he said: “I just come and talk to the plants, really – very important to talk to them. He added: “They respond.”

The prince made a similar admission in 2010, during a candid interview for BBC Documentary ‘Highgrove: Alan Meets Prince Charles’, featuring Alan Titchmarsh.

Prince Charles said that talking to the shrubbery keeps him “relatively sane”.

Speaking about his garden, he added: “Everything I’ve done here, it’s almost like your children.

“Every tree has a meaning for me.

“I happily talk to plants and trees and listen to them.

“I think it’s absolutely crucial.”

He has also been spotted shaking hands with plants in more recent times, with Clarence House confirming that it is a tradition of the royal’s.

It is listed as one of “70 facts about HRH The Prince of Wales” on the Prince of Wales’ website.

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It says: “The Prince often carries out tree planting ceremonies during engagements.

“After planting each tree, HRH gives a branch a friendly shake to wish them well.”

But the team behind upcoming series The Green Planet have said that Charles was actually “ahead of the game”.

The Executive Producer of the show, Mike Gunton said: “He’s going to feel pretty vindicated because he was ahead of the game.”

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Sir David Attenborough, the show’s presenter, added: “We don’t engage with plants enough.”

Mr Gunton said: “They call it the wood wide web.

“It’s like an internet.

“The trees can both compete and collaborate with each other.

“So Prince Charles had it right all this time.”

The first episode of the Green Planet aired on BBC1 on Sunday at 9pm, with further episodes being broadcast weekly.

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