A video of Prince Charles at a recent public event in which he admits missing one of his closest royal role models has gone viral after being shared on social media.
The clip, which received more than 300,000 views on video-sharing platform TikTok after being uploaded by user royalfamilychannel, was recorded at the annual Sandringham Flower Show held last month on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth II Norfolk.
Addressing a group of attendees, Charles is seen commenting: “I can’t remember how many years I’ve been coming, but I used to come with my grandma every year.”
He then paid tribute to his maternal grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, saying: “I miss her, I have to say.”
He added, “But she would be so happy to keep it going.”
Charles was known to be close to his grandmother, a fearsome member of the royal family who was crowned alongside her husband, King George VI, in 1937 following the abdication crisis which saw King Edward VIII step down. the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
The Queen Mother, as she was widely known, was said to have been consulted by Charles throughout his adult life on important decisions, including his marriage to Princess Diana and his subsequent divorce.
She lived to be 101 and died in 2002, just weeks after the death of her youngest daughter, Princess Margaret.
“I know what my darling grandmother meant to so many other people,” Charles said in tribute to his grandmother after her death. “She literally enriched their lives, and she was the originator of life, whether in public or in private, with whom she was.”
He continued: “To me, she meant everything, and I had dreaded, dreaded that moment along with, I know, countless others. Somehow I never thought it would happen. .”
The prince concluded his remarks by saying, “She was quite simply the most magical grandmother you could have, and I was totally devoted to her.”
Commenters on the video reacted warmly to the prince’s seemingly rare public expression of grief for his grandmother, with one user writing: “everyone misses their grandparents if they’re gone, that’s human”.
“Charles looks so sweet… Great dad and grandpa. He will be so proud of the king William is going to be,” another wrote.
Others encouraged the royal to make sure he has the same kind of relationship with his own grandchildren, with one user writing: “Why do people seem to forget he’s human and I’m not even fan of him. Create these memories with your grandchildren as well P Charles.”
Charles’ relationship with his grandchildren was made public in June during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
While the prince has been praised for his jovial interactions with the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton, especially 4-year-old Prince Louis, who sat on his grandfather’s lap during the jubilee, speculation have increased in terms of the time he would spend with the children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The children traveled to Britain for the first time since their parents stepped down as senior royals.
The occasion marked the first time Charles met his granddaughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in person, as she was born in California during the COVID pandemic in 2021.
After the Sussex family’s Jubilee visit to Britain, a royal source has revealed Charles had an ’emotional’ meeting with Lilibet, who is named after the Queen, and was ‘delighted’ to see them .
In the months following the Platinum Jubilee, Charles faced criticism over donations accepted by his charity fund. One of these donations was reportedly made by a Qatari billionaire in cash stuffed into bags, and another by members of Osama bin Laden’s family.
There has been no implication that Charles acted in any way against the law.
With these PR disasters and the added threat of personal revelations in her son Harry’s forthcoming memoir later this year, the royal’s admission of missing his grandmother at this time is all the more relevant.
Newsweek contacted Clarence House, Charles’ London home, for comment.