Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News UK

Royal fan aged eight hugs Charles ‘because he’s the best’ as Prince visits farm

He was being shown chickens when the youngster dispensed with traditional royal protocol to make him feel welcome.

The Prince of Wales was given a huge hug by an eight-year-old royal fan during a visit to farm.

Skye Skillen embraced the heir to throne, wrapping her arms tightly around his waist as he toured Jimmy’s Farm in Ipswich.

Charles, grandfather to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, was being shown chickens when the youngster dispensed with traditional royal protocol to make him feel welcome.

bpanews_28e7cd48-127e-456a-8ca8-2d9558da1868_embedded616840
The Prince of Wales receives a hug from eight year old Skye Skillen (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

Skye’s mother Tina Dranowski, from Colchester, told the Press Association: “She gave him a cuddle and then she asked him if he wanted to stroke one of the chickens and he did. He gave her a hug and he was smiling.”

She added: “I asked ‘Why did you hug him, Skye?’ and she said ‘Because he’s the best’. She likes the royals.

“She was a bit excited. I think she just wanted to meet him. She’s quite a cuddly, friendly child – very outgoing.”

bpanews_28e7cd48-127e-456a-8ca8-2d9558da1868_embedded616845
The Prince of Wales meets Teddy the South American Tapir during his visit to Jimmy's Farm in Ipswich (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

The Prince, who is patron of The Rare Breeds Survival Trust, was shown around by the Trust’s new president, TV presenter Jimmy Doherty, and heard about the farm’s education and rare breeds programme.

Doherty and his wife Michaela took on the site in 2002 to breed rare pigs, and the early days of the venture were charted in the BBC documentary series Jimmy’s Farm.

A childhood friend of chef Jamie Oliver, Doherty appears with Oliver in the Channel 4 show Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph