Prince George's generous £18k gift from 'soppy' grandpa King Charles


It is well-known that King Charles is an incredibly dedicated grandfather and spends as much time as possible with the youngest members of his family.

There have been a number of times over the years that he has shared anecdotes about the youngsters with members of the public or could be overheard organising plans to come round and see them.

The King has five grandchildren: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. He is also the step-grandfather of Queen Camilla's five grandchildren, Lola and Freddie Parker-Bowles and Eliza, Gus and Louis Lopes.

As well as offering up sweet stories, the King is very generous with his gifts for his grandchildren.

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The King is devoted to his young grandchildren -Credit:2023 Samir Hussein

King Charles had an incredible present installed at his Gloucestershire home, Highgrove House, for Prince George when he celebrated his first birthday. A Victorian-style ‘Shepherd’s hut’, was presented to the young royal from Dorset-based company Plankbridge and includes everything from a wood-burning stove to a day bed.

The hut can be spotted by visitors during a guided tour through The King's gardens and is thought to be a popular spot for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to play in.

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The thoughtful gift was created when Prince George was born in 2013 -Credit:2023 Max Mumby/Indigo

When they get tired of the playhouse, the Wales children can also play in the treehouse which was built for Prince William in 1989. The wooden house was installed for William's 7th birthday and was refurbished for King Charles' grandchildren to play in.

This isn't the only incredible tribute to Prince George that King Charles put in place. During an appearance on the One Show, Charles answered questions on how we can all live more sustainably. The interview was filmed in Prince George’s Wood, which The King has called an 'old man’s obsession'.

He explained the sweet tribute to his grandson: “This was a rather empty field that the farm didn’t need anymore. The great thing was that I managed to plant it the same year that my grandson was born, the eldest, George, so I thought I’d call it Prince George’s wood."

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The experts reflect on the significance of the King talking to Prince George about his future -Credit:2023 Max Mumby/Indigo

As for how Prince George's relationship with his grandfather may be slightly different from his younger siblings, it was claimed that the second in line to the throne is said to be having regular "informal chats" with his grandfather, according to royal expert and author Robert Jobson.

Jobson wrote in the Express: "You sense, just like William’s relationship with the late Queen, Elizabeth II, when he was an Eton schoolboy, George’s close bond with the King will be important in preparing for his future role."

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King Charles, Prince William and Prince George in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace -Credit:AFP PHOTO / BUCKINGHAM PALACE / HUGO BURNAND / ROYAL HOUSEHOLD 2023

This revelation that Prince George could already be learning about his future position from the current King led former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond to tell OK!: “When you’ve had a wonderful experience in life, it’s natural to want to replicate it for your children and grandchildren.

"Charles had a magical relationship with his grandmother, the Queen Mother. And I’m sure his dearest wish is to give George – and his other grandchildren – a similar strong and loving relationship."

Jennie added: "For all his serious ponderings on the state of the world and in spite of his heavy workload, Charles is quite a soppy old thing really and I’m sure he hugely values the time he has available to spend with his grandchildren.”