Prince Charles (71) has paid heartfelt tribute to the man who taught him the Welsh language before his investiture as the Prince of Wales over 50 years ago, back in 1969. Dr. Edward "Tedi" Millward's death at the age of 89 was confirmed by his daughter, London-based singer, Llio Millward on Monday.
She wrote in a Facebook post: "In 1969 Dad was asked to teach Prince Charles to speak Welsh and he accepted this role in the hope that it would be an opportunity to enlighten an important member of the English establishment about the plight of the language and the unique and valuable culture that the Welsh language is a part of."
Prince Charles is "deeply saddened"
In an official statement, Prince Charles said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr Millward's death. I have very fond memories of my time in Aberystwyth with Dr Millward over fifty-one years ago. While I am afraid I might not have been the best student, I learned an immense amount from him about the Welsh language and about the history of Wales."
"After all these years, I am forever grateful to him for helping foster my deep and abiding love for Wales, her people and her culture. I send my most heartfelt sympathy to his family."
Dr. Millward was featured in The Crown
The relationship between Prince Charles and Dr. Millward was recently documented in a 2019 episode of season 3 of Netflix' hit show The Crown. In the episode entitled "Tywysog Cymru", which means Prince of Wales in Welsh, Dr. Millward was played by actor Mark Lewis Jones.
Llio Millward also mentioned this in her post on Facebook: "Dad has always said that during those private seminars Charles was a sensitive, intelligent and open-minded young man and I believe they developed a mutual respect for one another. This of course was dramatised on Netflix' The Crown and I am grateful to the actor Mark Lewis Jones for the grace and gravitas he brought to his beautiful portrayal of my father."
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