A resurfaced documentary from 1983, Charles and Di: In Private In Public, explored how the prince dealt with numerous royal engagements, and his thoughts on being the future King.

After their wedding in 1981, Charles and his wife, were thrown into their royal duties, fulfilling their roles as the Prince and Princess of Wales.

and Diana had dozens of royal engagements to attend, spanning from charity events to meeting world leaders.

Buckingham Palace had to employ an administrative team for the couple, who helped set their royal agenda and organise their weekly calendars.

A total of 40 full time staff were hired, planning both private and public engagements for the family.

The senior administrative staff resided in the south side of Buckingham Palace, also known as the “Prince of Wales’ Office”.

Charles had numerous royal events to fit into weekly calendar, and said it was not his job, but his “role” to fulfil as the future monarch.

The 1983 documentary, Charles and Di: In Private In Public, said: “The prince doesn’t say he has a job, he says he has a role. 

“The accumulation of causes and duties and preferences compressed into a timetable.”

Charles was even forced to skip several royal engagements for the year, because they overlapped in his schedule.

The prince’s assistant private secretary, David Roycroft, was responsible for taking first look at royal invitations, but had to prioritise the most important ones as some requests could not fit into his timetable.

The Prince of Wales, his wife Diana and their entire administrative team would meet twice a year at Kensington Palace to go through the next six months of engagements.

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Everything from policy to polo events were discussed in depth, with Charles and Diana setting their own agendas.

Princess Diana had a hard time adjusting to her new royal status.

The night before their wedding in 1981, interviewer Ms Rippon questioned Diana about royal life, asking: “I suppose it’s one of the most important things you’re going to have to adjust to really, isn’t it?”

Diana, with her head resting gently on her hand, responded: “Of course, yes.”

The couple’s marriage broke down over the years, and they officially filed for divorce in 1996.

Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997 in a car crash in Paris.

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