Prince Charles a fun grandpa

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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 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

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 it clear he’d like to have more “fam­ily time” with his hard­work­ing father.

William says: “It’s some­thing I’m work­ing more heav­ily on. I would like him to have more time with the chil­dren.

“Now that he’s reached his 70th year it’s a per­fect time be­cause you are wor­ried about 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.”

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

and he can do all the dif­fer­ent voices and I think chil­dren 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.”

The pro­gramme re­veals how Charles would take his sons lit­ter pick­ing on hol­i­day. Harry re­veals: “He’s also a stick­ler for turn­ing lights off. And that’s now some­thing I’m ob­sessed with.”

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