In a series of remarkably candid comments, Prince Charles (pictured) hinted that he feared his legacy as king would be cut short.
In 2008, he became the longest-waiting heir to the throne in British history, overtaking his great-great grandfather, Edward VII.
With a history of longevity in his family -- the Queen is 86 and in good health while Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother lived to the age of 101 -- Prince Charles may yet have a long time to wait until he succeeds his mother.
Prince Charles may also feel sidelined by the surge of affection displayed for his mother during her Diamond Jubilee and the soaring popularity of younger members of the Royal family.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is the most popular member of the Royal family with an approval rating of 62 per cent.
Prince Charles’s approval rating is a meager 21 per cent.