I'm running out of time to be king, says Prince Charles
Prince Charles has hinted that he fears his legacy as king of UK would be cut short.
During a visit to Dumfries House the 64-year-old royal joked about his reputation for pursuing projects with notorious vigour but made a poignant reference to his mortality.
"Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes of course I am," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"I'll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I'm not careful," he said.
In 2008, Charles became the longest-waiting heir to the throne in British history, when he overtook his great-great grandfather, Edward VII.
While royal aides maintain that Duke of Cambridge is fulfilled by his current role as heir apparent, supporting the Queen and being actively involved with the Prince's Trust and his numerous other charities, many royal commentators have suggested that Charles feels frustrated that his reign has not yet begun.