Charles qualified as a solicitor and specialised in shipping and later aviation, for which he needed to get his pilot’s licence. He worked in London for several years. He had close family connections with South Africa and Australia, and spent time in both countries. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and in due course he returned to his family home in Charlwood, Surrey.
He did not take easily to his loss of independence and life in a wheelchair as the disease progressed. His last four years were spent in residential care. Charles became seriously ill in December and died peacefully in hospital a few weeks later.