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Prince Charles pays tribute after university lecturer who taught him Welsh dies aged 89

Prince Charles has paid tribute after a university lecturer who taught him Welsh language lessons died aged 89. 

Staunch nationalist and republican Dr Tedi Millward taught the Prince of Wales ahead of his investiture in 1969, despite being arrested at a Welsh language protest in 1963. 

Heir to the throne 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 51 years ago.

Dr Tedi Millward (pictured) taught Prince Charles Welsh in 1969 before he was invested. He has died aged 89

Dr Tedi Millward (pictured) taught Prince Charles Welsh in 1969 before he was invested. He has died aged 89

Dr Tedi Millward (pictured) taught Prince Charles Welsh in 1969 before he was invested. He has died aged 89 

Dr Tedi Millward taught the young prince at Aberystwyth University (pictured together here), ahead of his investiture as Prince of Wales by the Queen in 1969

Dr Tedi Millward taught the young prince at Aberystwyth University (pictured together here), ahead of his investiture as Prince of Wales by the Queen in 1969

Dr Tedi Millward taught the young prince at Aberystwyth University (pictured together here), ahead of his investiture as Prince of Wales by the Queen in 1969

Josh O'Connor playing Prince Charles in the Netflix series The Crown, giving a speech while stood alongside Olivia Coleman, playing the Queen, to portray the investiture in 1969

Josh O'Connor playing Prince Charles in the Netflix series The Crown, giving a speech while stood alongside Olivia Coleman, playing the Queen, to portray the investiture in 1969

Josh O’Connor playing Prince Charles in the Netflix series The Crown, giving a speech while stood alongside Olivia Coleman, playing the Queen, to portray the investiture in 1969 

‘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 refused to attend the Prince’s controversial investiture at Caernarfon Castle, despite his role, for which he required stringent vetting by Special Branch.

Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II and Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, placing a crown on his head as they act out his investiture as the Prince of Wales

Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II and Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, placing a crown on his head as they act out his investiture as the Prince of Wales

Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, placing a crown on his head as they act out his investiture as the Prince of Wales

Dr Millwall, right, pictured with Mark Lewis Jones, left, who played him in The Crown. He featured in an episode of the Netflix series, titled Tywysog Cymru - Welsh for Prince of Wales

Dr Millwall, right, pictured with Mark Lewis Jones, left, who played him in The Crown. He featured in an episode of the Netflix series, titled Tywysog Cymru - Welsh for Prince of Wales

Dr Millwall, right, pictured with Mark Lewis Jones, left, who played him in The Crown. He featured in an episode of the Netflix series, titled Tywysog Cymru – Welsh for Prince of Wales

Charles wore a bulletproof vest at his investiture ceremony due to fears of nationalist violence. 

Before teaching the royal at Aberystwyth University, the academic was the co-founder of the Welsh Language Society (Cymdeithas yr Iaith) along with historian John Davies at a Plaid Cymru summer school in 1962.

Dr Millward and his wife, Silvia, had two children – actress and singer Llio and martial arts trainer and author Andras, who died in October 2016. 

The teacher and his wife separated before his death.

In one of his last interviews Dr Millward told how he warmed to the 20-year-old prince during their hour-long sessions at Aberystwyth University

In one of his last interviews Dr Millward told how he warmed to the 20-year-old prince during their hour-long sessions at Aberystwyth University

In one of his last interviews Dr Millward told how he warmed to the 20-year-old prince during their hour-long sessions at Aberystwyth University

Dr Millward's wife Silvia, centre, with Mr Jones, right, who plays the lecturer in The Crown, and Nia Roberts, left, who plays Silvia

Dr Millward's wife Silvia, centre, with Mr Jones, right, who plays the lecturer in The Crown, and Nia Roberts, left, who plays Silvia

Dr Millward’s wife Silvia, centre, with Mr Jones, right, who plays the lecturer in The Crown, and Nia Roberts, left, who plays Silvia

Dr Millward's lessons were featured on one episode of The Crown entitled Tywysog Cymru, which means Prince of Wales in Welsh, with the lecturer played by Mark Lewis Jones (pictured)

Dr Millward's lessons were featured on one episode of The Crown entitled Tywysog Cymru, which means Prince of Wales in Welsh, with the lecturer played by Mark Lewis Jones (pictured)

Dr Millward’s lessons were featured on one episode of The Crown entitled Tywysog Cymru, which means Prince of Wales in Welsh, with the lecturer played by Mark Lewis Jones (pictured)

The lecturer said in one of his last interviews: ‘The police had me in their black book so I was bit surprised when I was asked to teach him Welsh. The police interviewed me very sternly.

‘When I met him I tried to be neutral, I just treated him the same as any other student. I’m not particularly proud of being his Welsh teacher, it was forced upon me.’  

‘I was not in favour of him becoming the Prince of Wales but I didn’t argue the point with him.

‘I got on quite well with him, he was good to get to know. I found him intelligent and quite charming, we stayed in touch for a long time afterwards.’ 

Dr Millward studied at Cathays High School in Cardiff and then the University College of South Wales.

Dr Millward is pictured in his teaching days. He worked at Aberystwyth University and was a passionate Welsh nationalist

Dr Millward is pictured in his teaching days. He worked at Aberystwyth University and was a passionate Welsh nationalist

Dr Millward is pictured in his teaching days. He worked at Aberystwyth University and was a passionate Welsh nationalist 

Prince Charles pictured in 1969, in the Language Laboratory at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he learned from Dr Millward how to speak some of the language

Prince Charles pictured in 1969, in the Language Laboratory at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he learned from Dr Millward how to speak some of the language

Prince Charles pictured in 1969, in the Language Laboratory at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he learned from Dr Millward how to speak some of the language

He went on to become a lecturer and an active member of the Welsh Nationalist political party Plaid Cymru.  

The academic stood for the party twice in Cardiganshire at the 1966 general election and Montgomeryshire in 1970, but did not win his seat in either year. 

He did however serve for the party as the spokesman on water policy, advocating non-violent direct action against the construction of new reservoirs.

Dr Millward won £1,000 in a settlement after Willie Hamilton libelled him by falsely claiming he’d been involved in terrorist activities in 1976. 

His lessons were featured on an episode of The Crown entitled Tywysog Cymru, which means Prince of Wales in Welsh, with Dr Millward played by Mark Lewis Jones. 

Dr Millward said many of the scenes in the TV show never happened including a storyline that he invited the young royal to his home for tea. 

In The Crown the teenage Charles is shown a photograph of the Welsh village where Tedi and Sylvia met along with a claim it was flooded to become a reservoir supplying water to England. 

Dr Millward said: ‘That didn’t happen either, I don’t know where they got that from.

‘They didn’t consult me before making the film although I did meet the actor who plays me and he was very nice.’

The TV series showed Prince Charles giving Dr Millward a book of English tongue-twisters to get his own back over his struggles with learning Welsh.

Mark Lewis Jones is pictured playing Dr Tedi Millward in The Crown on Netflix

Mark Lewis Jones is pictured playing Dr Tedi Millward in The Crown on Netflix

Mark Lewis Jones is pictured playing Dr Tedi Millward in The Crown on Netflix 

Dr Millward was given a stern vetting by Special Branch police before he was appointed Charles's Welsh teacher

Dr Millward was given a stern vetting by Special Branch police before he was appointed Charles's Welsh teacher

Dr Millward was a leading Welsh nationalist and had come close to being arrested during a Welsh language protest in 1963, six years before the Prince's controversial investiture at Caernarfon Castle

Dr Millward was a leading Welsh nationalist and had come close to being arrested during a Welsh language protest in 1963, six years before the Prince's controversial investiture at Caernarfon Castle

Dr Millward was given a stern vetting by Special Branch police before he was appointed Charles’s Welsh teacher. He was a leading Welsh nationalist and had come close to being arrested during a Welsh language protest in 1963, six years before the Prince’s controversial investiture at Caernarfon Castle

In one of his last interviews Dr Millward told how he warmed to the 20-year-old (pictured in a video message posted online by the Royal Family last week) prince during their hour-long sessions at Aberystwyth University

In one of his last interviews Dr Millward told how he warmed to the 20-year-old (pictured in a video message posted online by the Royal Family last week) prince during their hour-long sessions at Aberystwyth University

In one of his last interviews Dr Millward told how he warmed to the 20-year-old (pictured in a video message posted online by the Royal Family last week) prince during their hour-long sessions at Aberystwyth University

Dr Millward was given a stern vetting by Special Branch police before he was appointed Charles’s Welsh teacher.

Dr Millward’s daughter Llio Millward said in a statement: ‘I think firstly of my father as a nationalist.

‘His passion towards the Welsh language and culture drove every aspect of him, from his personal life, as an academic and as a campaigner.

‘He was very unassuming and I had to nag him to write his autobiography.

‘But you could see he was, as the Welsh Language Society’s former leader Jamie Bevan said in the foreword, one of the quiet giants of our language and our culture.’ 

In full: Prince Charles’ statement

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 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.

Courtesy DAILY MAIL

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