Camilla allowed royal fans a glimpse of what her life with Prince Charles is like behind closed doors. In a lengthy interview published hours before her 75th birthday on Sunday, the Duchess of Cornwall mentioned Prince Charles’ close relationship with his grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
When asked if he still reads them bedtime stories, Camilla told the Daily Mail: “Well, his grandkids don’t [too old].
“He’s very good because he does all these voices for them.
“He loves Babar the elephant. They are such beautiful books, I think all ages love them, even adults.”
When asked if the Prince of Wales would introduce the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children to books he liked growing up, Camilla nodded.
She said: “I think we all do, don’t we?
“I can never read Black Beauty [her favourite childhood tome] but to Eliza, my granddaughter, because she has nothing to do with an injured animal.”
Camilla first spoke about how Prince Charles is acting as a grandfather to George, Charlotte and Louis in 2018.
Speaking on the BBC documentary Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, the Duchess said: “He’ll get on his knees and crawl around with them for hours, you know, making funny noises and laughing and my grandkids adore him, absolutely adore him.”
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“He reads Harry Potter and he can play all the different voices and I think kids really appreciate that.”
In the film, released to mark the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday, Prince William praised his father as a “brilliant” grandpa and expressed his wish for the heir to the throne to slow down a little with his work to devote more time to him George, Charlotte and Louis.
He said: “It’s something I’m working on more intensely, to put it that way.”
“I think he has time for that, but I wish he had more time with the kids.”
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The Duke of Cambridge added: “Like most families, you are concerned about having her around and making sure her health is fine.
“He’s the fittest man I know, but I also want him to be fit until he’s 95.
“It would be nice to have more time at home with him and to be able to play around with the grandkids.
“Because when he’s there, he’s brilliant. But we need him there as often as possible.”
The Prince of Wales and Camilla share a love of books and literature.
The Duchess is a patron of several literacy and book sponsorships, including BookTrust and First Story.
In January 2021, she also launched The Reading Room, an online book club through which she shares her passion for reading.
Each season, Camilla publishes a list of books for the project’s followers to read.
The Instagram account dedicated to the book club is also filled with author talks, insights and videos with the Duchess.
The Prince of Wales was happy to take part in this project last December when he agreed to be one of the guests reading A Christmas Carol to mark the 12 Days of Christmas.