Prince Charles Mixes Business With Pleasure on Royal Trip to the Caribbean
Prince William and Prince Harry may get all the attention now, but we’re here to remind you that 70-year-old Prince Charles is the original handsome British Prince of people’s dreams.
This week, Charles and his wife Camilla kicked off a 13-day tour of the Caribbean. As Town & Country reported, the royal pair will make an appearance at a whopping 50 engagements on 10 islands during their stay.
But, even with this ridiculously packed schedule the duo still made time to relax on the beach in Barbados. Because — let’s be real — there’s no way you can go to Barbados and not dive into the crystal blue Caribbean waters. And, the paparazzi photos of Charles reminded everyone that he’s the OG of royal heartthrobs.
While the photos are dashing the couple is reportedly not all that pleased that their downtime became a part of the bigger story. Town and Country reported that, according to the British Press Association, "a source said the pictures were taken during a brief off-duty moment on a major international tour on behalf of the Government, in circumstances where the couple would have a reasonable expectation of privacy during private down time."
So, after their quick dip the duo quickly got back to their official royal duties, which are of much greater importance than their swim.
For example, on their first official stop in St. Lucia, Prince Charles gave a speech that called attention to the local sustainability efforts on the islands.
“Climate change,” he said, “poses nothing short of an existential threat to this island as it does to every part of this region.”
According to Reuters, the Prince specifically called out a program that aims to map St. Lucia’s seabed, which is supported by the Commonwealth Marine Economies Program, as an effort that holds the “potential to help develop St. Lucia’s vital blue economy in significant and sustainable ways.”
The Prince and his wife are now on their way to other islands including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada. Prince Charles will also be the first British royal to visit Cuba. That trip, Charles’ website explained, is meant "to highlight the growing bilateral relationship with the U.K. and showcase some of the cultural links between the two countries."