Just like any grandparent, Prince Charles couldn’t resist picking up some souvenirs and gifts for his grandchildren Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, during his royal tour back in April when he toured the Pacific. Recently, we got new details about the trip from a new BBC documentary-and according to it his team struggled to find the correct currency to pay for all of his shopping during a trip to the local market.
The future king paid a visit to a market in Port Vila, Vanuatu during his tour in April 2018, wanting to see what they had to offer. There he bought a colorful clutch bag, before buying tons of other souvenirs, including some for his grandchildren. But there he encountered a problem, mainly finding the right amount of local currency to pay for his shopping spree.
“In the background, his protection officer and the private secretary had to leap into action on his behalf,” you can hear the narrator saying over the clip, which is part of a new BBC documentary, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70. The documentary will air soon.
Unperturbed, Charles continued to shop at various stalls around the market, picking up a wicker basket before finding some gifts for Prince William and Kate’s young children. “I’m wondering whether to buy a pig or not,” he said to his team. “They’re rather nice. Children always love those don’t they, pigs?”
He added to his staff: “James, I may have to take these back for the children. Could I buy two of those?” The items he wanted to buy were pig ornaments hand carved from wood, which we have no doubt have found their place somewhere in Prince George, Princess Charlotte’s and Prince Louis’ nursery at Kensington Palace.
Prince Charles is a great-grandfather, regularly showering his grandchildren with gifts and love, and now, he will become a grandfather for the fourth time, but this time from his younger son Prince Harry. The father-of-two has previously opened up about being a granddad, saying: “It’s a different part of your life. The great thing is to encourage them. Show them things to take their interest. My grandmother did that, she was wonderful.” He added: “It is very important to create a bond when they are very young.”