Prince Charles has been opening up about the latest addition to his family, Princess Charlotte. The heir to the English throne has admitted that he was hoping for a granddaughter because he wanted to make sure that he was looked after when he’s old.
Princess Charlotte was born last Saturday, and Prince Charles engaged in his first public engagement since the birth of his granddaughter on Friday when he visited Poundbury, a model village near Dorchester, Dorset. Poundbury had been built as Charles’ vision of an ideal community.
While looking around Poundbury, the topic of conversation soon turned to Princess Charlotte, and Charles couldn’t help but wax lyrical about her.
“She is beautiful,” he admitted, via the Express. “I was hoping for a granddaughter — someone to look after me when I’m very old.”
Charles also explained to researchers at Poundbury Cancer Institute, a research centre that he also helped to open, “I am really rather thrilled.”
Prince Charles had made it known to the public that he was hoping for a granddaughter even before Princess Charlotte had been born. Not only did he get his wish, Kate Middleton and Prince William also decided to name their daughter after her grandfather.
Each of Princess Charlotte’s names all drew heavily on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s lineage, as Charlotte is the feminine of Charles while Elizabeth is Kate Middleton’s mother middle name and the name of Prince William’s grandmother, and Diana is the name of William’s mother, who tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton have now returned to their home, Anmer Hall, alongside their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The foursome drove back up to Norfolk on Wednesday before they then released a public statement to the local media asking for privacy over the next few months.
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