Prince Charles ‘overjoyed’ by royal birth: ‘We can’t wait to meet him’

Prince William’s father released a touching statement within hours of the royal birth, declaring how he was ‘overjoyed’ by the arrival, which he described as an ‘incredibly special moment’

Proud grandfather the Prince of Wales described his joy tonight at the birth of his first grandchild.

In a touching statement, Charles spoke of how the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son was “an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine”.

The heir to the throne said he and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall were “overjoyed” at the baby’s arrival and “so thrilled” for William and Kate.

He reflected on the special status grandparents enjoy and said he was looking forward to meeting his new grandson soon.

Prince Charles was cheered by crowds during a royal visit to Yorkshire on Monday (Sky)

The Prince said: “Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.

“Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”

Charles had already spoken of his delight at the prospect of a new addition to his family after Kate’s pregnancy was announced.

The heir to the throne said he was “thrilled” and even joked about how the latest development in his eventful life had come at the age of 64.

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He said previously: “It’s a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age, if I can say so.”

Behind the trappings of state, the future king lives a life as normal as possible at his London home Clarence House and his country retreat Highgrove in Gloucestershire.

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This was reflected in how he approached becoming a father and suggests he will bring the same attitude to becoming a grandfather.

The Prince was involved with William’s childcare duties when he was a baby, changing his nappies, and he could name his son’s favourite bath toy – a rubber duck.

Charles mentioned the toy in response to a question asked on an Australian radio phone-in programme during a royal tour in 1983.

Members of gather outside Buckingham Palace after an easel was placed in the Forecourt of the Palace with the notification, …

When members of the public questioned the heir to the throne and his wife Diana about William’s bath-time amusement, it was the Prince who came up with the answer first.

During Diana’s pregnancy he read books about childbirth and how to bring up a child, and he joined his wife at an antenatal class.

[Royal baby live blog]

So Charles could expect William to bring over the grandchild and leave the infant in his capable hands.

The Prince’s wife Camilla already has five grandchildren and so has plenty of experience of entertaining little ones.



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