Prince Charles discusses his nature work in Highgrove
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During an interview with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, the Prince of Wales revealed what his eight-year-old grandson gets up to at Charles’ Cotswolds residence. Charles, 72, was speaking to Mr Armitage from his Carmarthenshire farmhouse, Llywynywrmod.
The Prince of Wales explained in his BBC interview how George enjoyed measuring himself against a tree he planted at his estate on the other side of the River Severn.
He said: “The fun is to get grandchildren to plant a tree now and then see so they can measure themselves, if you know what I mean, by the size of the tree.”
The Cambridges eldest child planted a Balsam tree at the Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire in 2015, aged just two.
Speaking about George’s tree, Charles said: “This thing has shot up.
“I mean It’s higher than this barn already, which for a child is quite satisfactory when you can say ‘look at it now’.
“It’s grown about three feet a year. Not many do that.”
Prince George (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles and Simon Armitage (Image: Getty)
The Highgrove Estate was built in the late-eighteenth century.
Prince Charles purchased the property from the son of ex-Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1980.
According to Highgrove’s website, Charles’ Cotswolds address “unfolds in a succession of personal and inspiring tableaux, each reflecting The Prince’s interests and enthusiasms”.
It has been suggested by a royal expert that Highgrove could fall into Prince George’s hands in the near future.
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Royal Family (Image: Express)
Prince Charles riding a bike at Highgrove (Image: PA)
Christopher Wilson believes the house would “inevitably” become “surplus to the requirement” for the future King and therefore would be given to his eldest grandson.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall share four residences in the UK.
Alongside their homes in Carmarthenshire and the Cotswolds, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles spend their time at Clarence House near St James’ Park and Birkhall in Scotland.
While Charles became the Prince of Wales in 1958, he did not have a property in the Principality until he purchased his Carmarthenshire home in 2006.
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Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: PA)
Speaking to Simon Armitage about Llywynywrmod, Charles said: “It is wonderful coming down here.
“And I love coming in the winter when I can at a weekend.
“And I stump about in the Brecon Beacons and explore, which is magic, and fight my way through large numbers of sheep all over the place. It is very special because it’s more of a cottage.”
The Duke of Cornwall’s conversation with Simon Armitage was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds at 7.15pm on Saturday August 28.