Prince Charles is so 'infatuated' with red squirrels that he lets them run freely inside the palace, reveals Prince William
Prince William revealed the adorable fact about the Prince of Wales in a new interview on Charles' 70th birthday on November 14
You might know a lot of things about the Royals but here's something new and totally unexpected: Prince Charles is apparently so fond of red squirrels, that he gives them names, and even carries nuts in his pockets just to feed them whenever he might chance upon them. His 36-year-old son, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, revealed the adorable fact about the Prince of Wales in a new interview with U.K. magazine Country Life, that Charles guest-edited this time to mark his 70th birthday on November 14.
Charles also backs all the efforts put into helping the rare squirrel species survive, especially since their numbers have fallen from 3.5 million to 250,000 in the U.K. in his lifetime. "He is completely infatuated by the red squirrels that live around the [Birkhall] Estate in Scotland — to the extent that he’s given them names and is allowing them into the house!" William shared with the magazine's special issue.
In another article on the animals, Charles also shared his experience with the squirrels, sharing notes on how "they come into the house at Birkhall and we get them chasing each other round and round inside. If I sit there quietly, they will do so around me. Sometimes, when I leave my jackets on a chair with nuts in the pockets, I see them with their tails sticking out, as they hunt for nuts — they are incredibly special creatures."
Two new photographs of The Prince of Wales and his family have been released to celebrate HRH’s 70th birthday.— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 13, 2018
The photos were taken by Chris Jackson in the garden of Clarence House. pic.twitter.com/A2LTJDTdvE
Also noting Charles' avid passion in encouraging a love for nature and the outdoors, in particular, William was nothing but all praises for his father. "His passion for the environment and the natural world is something I want to repeat in the way I raise George, Charlotte, and Louis," William shared with the same magazine. He also went on to add that some of his earliest memories are from the Balmoral Estate in the Highlands of Scotland, "where my father taught me about the natural world around us — from the burns to the trees to the hills. He was also there when I went on my first trip to Africa and helped me learn about the global environment."
William himself is the President of United for Wildlife, which works as 'an umbrella grouping of like-minded organizations protecting wildlife and fighting to combat the illegal trade in animal parts,' reports People magazine.