King Charles is a loving grandfather to five grandchildren, but it’s Princess Charlotte that brings out the monarch’s sweet side.
When William and Kate welcomed their young princess into the world, the then-Prince of Wales admitted: “She is beautiful,” he said. “I was hoping for a granddaughter – someone to look after me when I am very old.”
Being a grandfather is certainly one of the largest sources of happiness for the King – his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, having previously revealed his dedication to his grandchildren to the world.
“He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing,” said the Queen Consort during her appearance on the BBC documentary, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70.
Between them, King Charles and Camilla have ten grandchildren and step-grandchildren – in addition to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie and Lilibet, Camilla has five grandchildren.
“My grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him,” Camilla speaks on the monarch’s relationship with her grandchildren. “He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that.”
Another high-profile appearance in the documentary was Prince William, who described his father as a
“brilliant” grandfather – although one who could spend more time with his grandchildren.
“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,” William says on whether Charles simply has the time to be a grandfather.
“I think he’s… now 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 equally, 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 you know, play with the grandchildren. Because when he’s there, he’s brilliant. But we need him there as much as possible.”