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Countryfile host Adam Henson, 54, has gone into detail about the times he has crossed paths with Prince Charles, 72, with the royal visiting his Cotswold Park Farm before they reopened following the coronavirus outbreak. The farmer said the Prince of Wales in “good at putting you at ease”, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
He is so good at putting you at ease
Adam revealed he has met many members of the royal family, including Princess Anne, at many agricultural events over the years.
The presenter detailed how he met Prince Charles when he was guest editor of Countryfile a few years ago.
While Adam has met him on several occasions, he addressed the time he came to visit his farm after he had no choice but to furlough 53 of their staff members and close during the pandemic.
“During lockdown, Prince Charles decided to visit the Cotswold Farm Park.
“He decided he wanted to draw attention to the great work that open farms are doing across the country, and how, when people are allowed back out, they should consider getting out into the great outdoors and learning about food production of art.”
He continued: “So, he came to us to try and highlight that, which was a great honour for us and our team.
“We showed him around the farm park and it was fun, some fantastic publicity just before we reopened on the fourth of July.”
Adam went on to recall how he felt at the time Prince Charles came to visit.
“Obviously nervous, we had to make sure we got it right and we gave him a good visit,” he shared.
“But he is so good at putting you at ease. You know, within a few minutes, we were having a joke and talking about farming.
“He has a huge knowledge about agriculture, farming and food production, because he runs his own farms. And he’s into rare breed conservation.”
Adam went on to share: “He’s a patron for the Rare Breed Survival Trust, the charity that looks after rare breeds.”
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The TV host then said Prince Charles knew his father Joe Henson, who initially owned the farm.
“We connect very well.”
Speaking about who else he has had the pleasure of meeting over the years, he stated: “I’ve met the Queen a couple of times too.
“So I’m very lucky to have met the Royal Family and I have a huge amount of respect for what they do.”
Adam and his business partner Duncan Andrews took on the lease of Benborough Farm from his father in 1998.
Having announced the release date of his book A Year on Adam’s Farm, he insisted he will still be working in TV and farming for the foreseeable future.
The farmer opened up on what it has been like continuing his father’s legacy with the farm park.
“An amazing pleasure really, an honour. I was very close to my father, he was very forward-thinking and my little footsteps hardly filled his great big ones,” he added.
Countryfile airs tonight at 6:25pm on BBC One.
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