Prince Charles’ speaker at Aberystwyth, Tedi Millward dies


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Academic and activist Tedi Millward died at age 89

Prince Charles’ Welsh-language teacher Dr Tedi Millward died at the age of 89.

Dr. Millward, who taught at the University of Aberystwyth, was a nationalist, academic and activist, said his daughter in a tribute.

He was asked to tutor Prince Charles before his inauguration as Prince of Wales in 1969.

Lessons presented in an episode of The Crown on Netflix, titled Tywysog Cymru – Welsh for Prince of Wales.

Dr. Millward was played by actor Mark Lewis Jones, who said that the Prince and Dr. Millward had developed “respect for each other during this time, even if they came from different worlds.”

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Mark Lewis Jones and Tedi Millward on the set of The Crown at Aberystwyth

Dr. Millward’s daughter Llio Millward said in a statement: “I’m first thinking of my father as a nationalist.

“His passion for the Welsh language and culture has driven every aspect of him, from his personal life, as an academic and as an activist.

“He was very modest and I had to harass him to write his autobiography.

“But you could see that he was, as former Welsh Language Society chief Jamie Bevan said in the foreword, one of the quiet giants of our language and culture. “

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Tedi Millward with daughter Llio

Born in Cardiff in June 1930, he became active with Plaid Cymru and Welsh Language Society, Cymdeithas yr Iaith, with prominent Welsh historian John Davies.

He was elected vice-president of the party in 1966, the same year that he represented the first of two failed attempts to represent Cardiganshire in Westminster in the general election.

Millward, who continued to teach Welsh at Aberystwyth, continued to serve as Plaid’s spokesperson on water policy and advocated non-violent direct action against the construction of new reservoirs.

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Media captionEpisode 6 of The Crown sees Charles travel at the request of the Queen to learn Welsh

Aberystwyth University Vice Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Treasure said: “Dr Tedi Millward has played an extremely influential role in the study of Welsh over many decades, and his legacy will be lasting and will continue to inform everyone who follows in his footsteps. .

“Tedi has made a great contribution both in academia and in society in general and will be remembered with so much affection as a man of deep principle and decency. “


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