This is the endearing behind-the-scenes picture that shows Prince Charles doting over his latest grandchild, Prince Louis.
It is one of two images of Charles that Clarence House offered to the makers of the groundbreaking BBC documentary about the heir to the throne to illustrate his love for his family.
Taken in the garden of Clarence House in September, it shows a delighted Charles gazing adoringly at the baby and clutching both his hands as he is held by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.
And the shocking moment was quite a surprise to fans, who could not believe how he played with the children.
The other picture seen for the first time by millions of viewers last night shows the heir to the throne swinging around one of Camilla’s grandchildren in the grounds of Birkhall, the Jacobean hunting lodge near Balmoral that Charles inherited from the Queen Mother after her death in 2002.
The two pictures show Charles as a loving grandfather and illustrate Camilla’s interview last night in which she said her grandchildren adored the future King.
There has been much speculation that Charles spends little time with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. The Duke of Cambridge did little to dispel stories that he feels his father is absent too often.
Charles, according to the programme, works seven days a week, often from just after breakfast at 9am until midnight. Asked whether Charles had time to be a grandfather on top of everything else, William replied: “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 OK.
“And he’s the fittest man I know but equally I want him to be fit until he’s 95 you know going on. So, having more time with him at home would be lovely, and being able to you know play around with the grandchildren. Because when he’s there, he’s brilliant but we need him there as much as possible.”
Camilla, fiercely loyal to her husband praised him for the way he has embraced her grandchildren but admitted his workload did get in the way.
“I think duty will always come first to him, duty to the monarch, duty to the country, duty to the Commonwealth,” she said.
But she insisted he enjoyed a close relationship with her grandchildren. “He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him,” she said. “He reads Harry Potter and can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that.”
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