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I hope Kate and William's new baby is a girl, says Prince Charles

By Tony Jones

The Prince of Wales has confessed that he hopes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a girl, as he described becoming a grandfather for the second time as "splendid" news.

Charles already has a grandson – Prince George – but said he would like a granddaughter as he visited the studio of a young entrepreneur who has been helped by his Prince's Trust.

As he left the premises in South London he met Corey Johnson who congratulated the Prince on becoming a grandfather.

The heir to the throne replied: "I am already. But it's wonderful to be a grandfather again. I'm looking forward to it – but I hope it will be a girl this time."

Charles appeared in good spirits when he was quizzed about the announcement.

He was questioned by the family of entrepreneur Demi Owoseje, helped by the Prince's Trust, who opened up her leather upholstery studio for a royal visit.

Miss Owoseje's sister Toyin congratulated Charles and he said: "What did I do?", then added: "It hasn't arrived yet – (but) splendid, we're very excited."

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