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Prince Charles proves he is a doting grandfather in these heartwarming new images

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These adorable new photographs prove that Prince Charles is a hands-on, doting grandparent.

The heir to the throne can be seen laughing with delight as Prince Louis grabs at his grandfather’s hands.

A second previously unseen image also shows the Prince playing with the Duchess of Cornwall’s grandchildren, swinging one of them around.

Prince Charles plays with Louis Must Credit Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Prince Charles and his youngest grandson Prince Louis giggle as they grab each others’ hands (Picture: Getty)

The Prince is known as Grandpa Wales to his growing brood of grandchildren.

Away from the stuffy confines of duty, Charles is said to happily get down on the floor to play with them and makes many silly voices to keep them entertained.

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The first image is a rare look at seven-month-old Prince Louis, who is held in his mother Kate’s arms.

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It is certainly clear that he recognises his grandfather as the tot reaches out and tightly grasps his hands.

The image featured in a BBC documentary marking the 70th birthday of the heir to the throne.

It was taken in September in the gardens of Clarence House, the prince’s official London residence.

The TV show features interviews with his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, who say that growing up they would often have to wade through mountains of paperwork to get to their father’s desk.

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There have been rumours over the years that Prince Charles has often felt pushed out of his grandchildren’s lives and expressed frustration that he didn’t see as much of them as the Middleton family.

Prince William appears to address that in his interview, saying he wishes his workaholic father would slow down and spend more time with family.

Asked whether his father had ‘time to be a grandfather on top of everything else’ the 36-year-old says carefully: ‘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.

Observational documentary following Prince Charles over the past 12 months, being shown to mark his 70th birthday on November 14. Film-maker John Bridcut follows the prince at work and behind the scenes and speaks to those who know him best - the Duchess of Cornwall and Princes William and Harry - as he builds an intimate portrait of the longest-serving heir to the throne.
Prince Charles swings around Lola at Camilla’s private home in Wiltshire (Picture: Clarence House)

‘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 okay. And he’s the fittest man I know but equally I want him to be fit until he’s 95 you know going on.

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‘So, having more time with him at home would be lovely, and being able to you know play around, err, with the grandchildren. Because when he’s there, he’s brilliant. But we need him there as much as possible.’

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Prince Charles has three grandchildren through Prince William and Kate – George, 5, Charlotte, 3 and Louis born in April.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby, set to arrive next spring, will add to the brood.

He is also a grandparent to his wife Camilla’s five grandchildren by her children Tom and Laura.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century, when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince William has said he wishes his father could spend more time with his children (Picture: Getty)

Tom has Lola, 9, and Freddy, 8, with wife Sara Buys while Laura has Eliza, 10 and fraternal twins Gus and Louis, 8, with husband Harry Lopes.

The Duchess of Cornwall revealed her husband is a doting grandparent to all eight of them.

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Indeed the second picture, taken at the private house Camilla keeps in Wiltshire, shows him swinging around Lola and both appear to be having as much fun as the other.

Camilla said: ‘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.

‘He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that.’

Prince Charles has eight grandchildren, including Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte through Prince William and Kate (Picture: BBC/Reuters)

Prince Charles was known to have a very close relationship with his grandmother, the Queen Mother.

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He spoke openly of their ‘magical relationship’ while from his earliest years she was a constant and guiding force in his life as his mother adjusted to life as monarch.

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In a letter written when he was 20, the Queen Mother said: ‘’My darling Charles, I can’t tell you what charming and heart-warming things I am always hearing about you.

‘Everyone loves you and is proud of you and I absolutely know you will be able to do wonderful things for this country.

‘Not only in leadership but by being your own kind-hearted, loving and intelligent and funny self.’

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, 1990. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
Prince Charles was known to have a very close relationship with his grandmother (Picture: Hulton Royals Collection)

It is therefore of no surprise that the Queen Mother’s death in March 2002 was a devastating blow to Prince Charles.

He said in an interview: ‘To me, she meant everything and I had dreaded this moment.’

Judging by the photographs, it appears Prince Charles is already many happy memories for his grandchildren to remember in years to come.

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