Prince Charles, who celebrated his 70th birthday this Wednesday, is not only a patron of over four hundred charities, and an avid campaigner for environmental issues, he also takes his role as a grandfather very seriously, with Prince William describing him as "brilliant"! And, it's not only Prince William who has been singing his praises!
A Wonderful Grandfather
In the documentary Camilla reveals that Charles is always willing to have fun with his grandchildren, saying "he will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing". It's good that he has already got in so much practice as Prince Charles will become a grandfather for a fourth time next spring when Prince Harry and Meghan's first baby is born!
Prince Charles and Camilla have a whopping nine grandchildren and step-grandchildren between them. As well as Kate and William's children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Duchess has five grandchildren, Lola and Freddie Parker Bowles, Eliza Lopes and twins Gus and Louis Lopes.
Camilla has also revealed that Charles is not only good with his own grandchildren, stating "my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him" and adding, "he reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that".
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The Prince of Wales visits the TreeTop Walk in MacRitchie Reservoir Park - the bridge is 250m long! Over the years, HRH has convened a number of meetings about the issues of deforestation. Most recently in October this year, HRH co-convened a meeting that aimed to encourage companies to meet their commitments to have deforestation-free supply chains by 2020. . . . #ThePrinceofWales #RoyalVisitSG #singapore #MacRitchieReservoir #Deforestation #Rainforest #Nature #Climate #ClimateChange
Gardening With Grandpa
It's not all fun and games though, Charles also uses his time with his grandchildren to teach them the importance of looking after the environment. Prince Charles often plants trees with his sons, William and Harry, and now has also started gardening with Prince George, hoping to awaken an interest in all things green. In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time he said, "You never know, do you, what people are going to be interested in.
The most important thing is I got him planting a tree or two here, so we planted it together and shovelled in the earth. That's the way I think, when you are very small, and then each time they come you say, 'Do you see how much the tree has grown?', or whatever, and you hope that they take an interest."