As first in line to the throne, Prince Charles has quite a lot on his plate. But does that mean he can’t make time for the grandkids he loves so much (he snuck a photo of them into a recent interview, after all)?
That’s his son Prince William’s one wish—that Grandpa Charles spend more time with Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and 6-month-old Louis. In the new royal documentary Prince, Son & Heir: Charles at 70 airing tonight on BBC, William says he hopes Charles will be around the kids more.
“It’s something I’m working on heavily. I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children,” William, 36, said. “Having more time with him at home would be lovely—and being able to, you know, play around with the grandchildren. When he is there, he’s brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible.”
Prince Harry agrees, although says it’s hard for the Prince of Wales to peel himself away from his royal duties. “He does need to slow down. This is a man who has dinner ridiculously late at night, and then goes to his desk later that night and will fall asleep on his notes—to the point where he’ll wake up with a piece of paper stuck to his face! The man never stops,” Harry, 34, said. “When we were kids, there were bags and bags and bags of work that the office just sent to him. We could barely even get to his desk to say goodnight to him.”
But William doesn’t want his dad overworking himself. “Now that he’s reached his 70th year, it’s the perfect time to consolidate a little bit,” William said. His dad’s 70th birthday is November 14. “You’re worried about having them around and making sure their health is OK. He’s the fittest man I know, but equally, I want him to be fit until he’s 95.”
It seems Charles does make some time for them already, though, and even planted a forest in George’s name, according to E! News. (Talk about spoiling your grandkids!)
Here’s hoping William’s wish comes true…just in time for another grandkid come spring.