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Monday 15 September 2014

Prince Charles relishes grandfather role

Britain’s Prince Charles

Britain’s Prince Charles says the prospect of becoming a grandfather is a “lovely thought”.

The royal has spoken about the impending arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child. William and Catherine’s baby is due in July and Charles can’t wait to meet his first grandchild.

"It's a lovely thought and I look forward enormously to that relationship,” he said in an interview for UK TV show Countryfile, according to The Radio Times.

Although Charles is ready to embrace his role as a grandfather, he did admit the prospect made him feel a little old. The 64-year-old also expressed his concern for the countryside and the world his grandchild will inherit.

"We need to think about the future, we need to think what kind of world we're handing on to our successors," Charles explained. "If you think of it in those terms it should make us reflect on the way we do things so we don't ruin it for them.

"That's why it's so important to work in harmony with nature rather than thinking we can somehow ignore, dominate, separate ourselves from nature, because unless we pay our respect to nature, she's a great deal more powerful than we are."

The special edition of Countryfile will be aired on the BBC this Sunday and was filmed around Charles’ Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire.

The royal went on to reveal that he enjoys spending his free time on his organic farm and is often struck by inspiration while exercising in the fresh air.

"Walking is a terribly important thing for me. Rather like some people need a cigarette, I need a walk,” he explained. "I find it stimulates the thinking and the reflecting. I spend my life stamping about and I have, you know, things I write down. That's where the best thoughts come from."

Meanwhile, Catherine is due to make another public appearance today.

The pregnant duchess spent the weekend in Swiss Alps attending a society wedding with William and Prince Harry, but has returned to the UK to visit the seaside town of Grimsby, in Lincolnshire.

Catherine is around 21 weeks into her pregnancy and appears to have shaken off the crippling morning sickness that saw her hospitalised in December.

The 31-year-old royal will open a new school, visit a fishing heritage centre and meet with members of the local fire and rescue service.

Catherine will be making the official trip without her husband William, who is serving as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

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