Prince Charles is a hippy within the Royal Family claims chef Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver reckons that Prince Charles is a "hippy" within the Royal Family.

The telly chef, who is working with the heir to the throne on a new food waste project, has praised him for being ahead of his time on the environment.

In September, Charles joined forces with celebrity chef Oliver to help teach people how to cut greenhouse emissions – and save money – by reducing the amount of food they waste.

Asked what’s it like working with Prince Charles, he replied: “He’s actually lovely. I’ve known him for about 22 years. I really like him.

“He’ll be a good one (king).

“I think it’s fair to say that he’s always been seen, maybe more of like the hippy in the family. A lot of his beliefs around the food system and organics have come true.”

Oliver feels the Royal has been ahead of his time in many aspects facing the world’s future from climate change to ethical farming.

He added: “He’s been waving the same flag for 40 years. And he was early. Even in my job, you can be early and everyone’s like, “what? What’s the matter with you?” But actually, he’s pretty much on point.”

It comes after Jamie's telly and cookbook empire raked in a whopping £65,753 a day last year despite lockdown woes.

Accounts for his parent firm Jamie Oliver Holdings Ltd showed the firm turned over £24m and made a pre tax profit of £1.68m for 2020.

A report sent to Companies House said the firm had enjoyed a good year but social distancing and lockdowns had “negatively impacted our restaurant franchises”.

He has eateries at Gatwick Airport plus places abroad that are operated under his name.

His accountants for JOH Ltd revealed: “We have successfully delivered new Jamie Oliver titles in both book and TV formats during the year and there has been a continued strong performance from back catalogue book titles, ongoing revenue flows from our endorsements contracts and our international distributor Freemantle.”

The figures said £18.3 million of the income came from “royalties, endorsements and licensing income”, £3.9m from “production income” and £1.5m in from franchise deals.

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Almost £9 million was paid out in wages to 151 workers.

Jamie closed his restaurants with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs in May 2019 after profits plunged.

The telly chef has paid out around £15million in total from his coffers to try and keep the chain afloat but the true debts of the enterprise are put at around £83 million.

Jamie is still worth an estimated £100million thanks to his lucrative TV and cookbook deals.

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