Prince Charles a fun grandpa
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”.
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”.
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.”