The Prince's Charities

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Charles III, President of The Prince's Charities

The Prince's Charities is a non-profit organisation that has associations with King Charles III. The Prince's Charities, supported by The Prince's Charities Foundation, is based in the United Kingdom and comprises 19 organisations of which Charles is patron or president, 18 of which were founded personally by him. The name derives from Charles's status as the Prince of Wales before his accession on 8 September 2022.[1]

The Prince's Charities


Most of the charities are independent of each other and all are each run by their own boards. King Charles is president of all the charities and founded 17 of them; however, as president, he is a figurehead and public face for the charities involved and has no legal responsibility.[1] The aim of The Prince's Charities is "to improve the overall effectiveness of the group, building on shared strengths to ensure their long term success and sustainability."[2] The costs of the office are paid for by The Prince's Charities Foundation.[3]

In autumn 2010, Prince Charles published a book, Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, and produced a film, both articulating the principles and underlying philosophies of many of these charities.[4]


Through 2003 and 2004, a small office was established within the Office of the Prince of Wales to deal specifically with Prince Charles' charitable work. Sir Tom Shebbeare took up the new position of Director of Charities, with particular responsibility for the development and good governance of the 16 operational charities in which Charles had a particular interest.[5] By the following year, the group had been given a new identity, The Prince's Charities, and the Charities Office had developed new policies and procedures for the group.[6] The Charities Office, set up at Clarence House, employed by 2008 some eight full-time staff.[2] The charities form the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the UK[7] and collectively work in 38 countries. They together raise approximately £150 million each year.[8][9]

In addition to independent charities, Charles established a number of separate charitable initiatives, which include Mosaic, a Muslim youth mentoring campaign; The Prince's Wool Project, to support the UK wool industry; START, to help promote sustainable living; The Cambrian Mountain Initiative, to support the economy in that area of Wales; and The Prince's Rainforest Project, to protect rainforests. In 2011, the Pakistan Recovery Fund was developed, which is intended to support the recovery from the floods seen in that country in 2010.

Charities in The Prince's Charities group

The charities in The Prince's Charities group are often grouped according to the areas of charitable activity that they are involved with.[10]

Opportunity and enterprise
The built environment
Responsible business and the natural environment
Closed charities

The Prince's Charities Foundation

The Prince's Charities Foundation also has a number of wholly owned subsidiary companies: Duchy Originals Ltd, the Prince's Charities Events, and Traditional Arts Ltd.[12] The Highgrove Shop is part of the A.G. Carrick company.


  1. ^ a b "The Prince's Charities". Office of the Prince of Wales. Archived from the original on 2012-04-12. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b Guardian Society Jobs Vacancies The Prince's Charities, "The Guardian", 9 July 2008
  3. ^ "The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Annual Review 2008". Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  4. ^ "Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World". The Prince of Wales. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  5. ^ "StratREAL Foundation". Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  6. ^ "The Prince of Wales Annual Review 2005". Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  7. ^ "About Highgrove". Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  8. ^ "The Prince Of Wales speaks at the GQ Awards: 'Thank you to GQ magazine for doing this. I am hugely grateful'". GQ. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  9. ^ "About Us". The Prince's Charities Canada. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  10. ^ "The Prince's Charities". The Prince of Wales. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  11. ^ a b Quinn, Ben (29 August 2021). "Prince of Wales charity launches inquiry into 'cash for access' claims". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  12. ^ "The Prince's Charities Foundation Accounts 2006/7".

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