Prince Charles is the cutest grandfather to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Royal Family 23/11/2018

Prince Charles, who turned 70 this month, is the current heir to the British throne, the patron or president of over 420 charities, an environmentalist, but above all he is apparently an amazing grandfather. 

"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," Prince Charles said of grandfatherhood. 

The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, said of Charles: "He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing," 

Charles is the paternal grandfather to Prince William and Kate's three children: Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 6 months. He will also be grandfather to Prince Harry and Meghan's first child due next year. 

"He [Charles] increasingly consults the Duke of Cambridge in all major family decisions; about his hopes that, while his sons have created new charity networks, one of his grandchildren – maybe George – will one day take on the stewardship of his own," said Robert Hardman, royal correspondent for the Daily Mail. 

Charles' wife Camilla has five other grandchildren: Lola and Freddie Parker Bowles (children of Tom Parker Bowles) and Eliza Lopes, twins Gus and Louis Lopes (children of Laura Lopes). "My grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him. He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that," she said. 

Charles' son Prince William said on whether he thinks Charles has time to be a granddad: "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. 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."

Prince Charles, who loves gardening, has been trying to pass this interest on to Prince George since he was two-years-old, planting trees with him: "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."

We can't wait to see how Charles bonds with Harry and Meghan's new little bundle of joy next year!