Prince Charles a fun grandpa

In a doc­u­men­tary to mark his 70th birth­day, Prince William and Prince Harry pay trib­ute to their father

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PRINCE William wishes his worka­holic father could spend more time with his grand­chil­dren, the doc­u­men­tary to mark Charles’s 70th birth­day shows. The Prince of Wales is de­scribed as a “bril­liant” grand­fa­ther who will spend hours crawl­ing on the floor and mak­ing silly noises with his lit­tle grand­daugh­ter and grand­sons.

But the prince can be dis­tracted, be­cause he is so ded­i­cated to his work “to the ex­tent that his sons say he some­times falls asleep with the doc­u­ments he is read­ing stuck to his face”.

HANDS-ON GRAND­FA­THER

Asked whether his father has “time to be a grand­fa­ther on top of ev­ery­thing else”, William an­swers care­fully.

In re­cent years, Charles is said to have pri­vately ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion that he doesn’t get to see as much of his grand­chil­dren as the Mid­dle­ton fam­ily, a claim his aides have dis­missed.

But his el­der son makes clear it that he would like to have more “fam­ily time” with his hard-work­ing father.

William says: “It’s some­thing I’m work­ing more heav­ily on, put it that way. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the chil­dren.

“Now that he’s reached his 70th year it’s a per­fect time to con­sol­i­date a lit­tle bit be­cause, as most fam­i­lies would do, you are wor­ried about hav­ing them around and mak­ing sure their health’s okay and he’s the fittest man I know, but I want him to be fit un­til he’s 95.

“So hav­ing more time with him at home would be lovely, and be­ing able to play around with the grand­chil­dren. Be­cause when he’s there, he’s bril­liant. But we need him there as much as pos­si­ble.”

Camilla says: “He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know, mak­ing funny noises and laugh­ing and my grand­chil­dren adore him, ab­so­lutely adore him.

“He reads Harry Pot­ter and he can do all the dif­fer­ent voices and I think chil­dren re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that.”

Aides say Charles could not be prouder to be a grand­fa­ther. The prince shows the doc­u­men­tary crew an ar­bore­tum he planted for his el­dest grand­child at Birkhall, his Scot­tish home, he calls “Ge­orge’s wood”.

EN­VI­RON­MENT

Re­fer­ring to his pas­sion for the en­vi­ron­ment and life-long cam­paign to high­light the per­ils of cli­mate change, Harry says his father can’t help “bang­ing the drum”, even when he sits down with his sons to din­ner.

He tells his brother: “You know how frus­trated he gets. But he’s done an amaz­ing job and with­out telling us the di­rec­tion that we should go in, he’s just let us learn from the na­ture of the job, learn­ing from him and learn­ing from mummy.”

The pro­gramme re­veals how Charles would take his sons lit­ter pick­ing when they were on hol­i­day with him. He has also passed down some of his other quirkier traits.

Harry re­veals: “He’s a stick­ler for turn­ing lights off. And that’s now some­thing I’m ob­sessed with, be­cause my wife goes: “Well, why turn the lights off? You know, it’s dark.”

“I go ‘we only need one light, we don’t need like six’.”

| Daily Mail African News Agency (ANA)

Sun­day Alamba/Reuters

Prince Charles loves play­ing with his grand­chil­dren. |

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