The Prince of Wales has said he is “deeply saddened” over the death of Dr Tedi Millward – the Aberystwyth University academic who was a mentor to Prince Charles and who tutored him in preparation for is Investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969.
Dr Millward was a Welsh nationalist and academic doctor of Welsh language and literature and established the Welsh Language Society alongside Dr John Davies. This is credited with helping to establish Welsh as an official legal language in 1967.
In a statement, Prince Charles said, “I have very fond memories of my time in Aberystwyth with Dr Millward over 51 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.”
In the latest series of Netflix show, The Crown, the lessons between Prince Charles and Dr Millward were immortalised. Dr Millward was played by Mark Lewis Jones and Prince Charles was portrayed by Josh O’Connor.
Dr Millward also became politically active and stood as an MP for Plaid Cymru in the 1966 and 1970 elections, being elected on the first occasion. Millward also served as Vice-President of the party for a time.
Dr Millward’s daughter, Llio Millward, said she believed her father and Prince Charles had “developed a mutual respect for one another” and added “he was a wonderful father and we were extremely close. I am heartbroken.”
The Investiture of The Prince of Wales was held on 1st July 1969 at Caernarfon Castle and was viewed by millions.