Fans Are Delighted By Who Prince Charles Has Been Shaking Hands With, But It’s Not Who You Think

Prince Charles has shaken hands with a whole lot of people during his tenure as the Prince of Wales. As one of the most well-traveled working royals in the family, and the longest-serving heir apparent in the history of the monarchy, Prince Charles has met more people than he can remember.

From heads of state to average citizens, the Prince of Wales has extended a friendly hand to all sorts of folks. But it’s the latest news about a peculiar handshaking ritual Prince Charles has that’s been making headlines. It turns out the future king isn’t just shaking hands with his loyal subjects — he’s also shaking hands with trees.

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Prince Charles cares about the environment

The Prince of Wales is a fierce supporter of environmental issues, including climate change awareness, halting deforestation, and promoting sustainability. His Royal Highness has launched several conservation initiatives, including The Prince’s Rainforest Project. It’s clear that Prince Charles cares about the planet we’re leaving behind for our children just like so many other celebrities and royal family members.

That’s what makes this one detail about the Prince of Wales so charming and ultimately, not too surprising. According to the popular British quiz show QI (Quite Interesting), Prince Charles has a unique way of respecting trees during planting ceremonies.

The Prince of Wales is known to shake hands with trees

The tweet in question inspired hundreds of positive replies. According to QI, “Whenever Prince Charles participates in a tree-planting ceremony, he gives one of the branches a handshake to wish it well.”

Fan reactions to the news were enormously supportive. “That’s the most British thing I’ve ever heard,” one person quipped. Another described the concept of tree handshakes as “surprisingly cute.”

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Is tree handshaking a fact or a rumor?

With all the rumors constantly circulating about royal family members, it would be easy to dismiss this one as fake news. But Clarence House confirmed it, telling The Daily Mail that tree handshaking rituals are one of 70 little-known facts published on the Prince of Wales’ personal website.

And that’s not all — Prince Charles also carries on conversations with the vegetation. He once admitted that he speaks to his plants to help them grow. “I just come and talk to the plants, really – very important to talk to them,” Charles said during a 1986 interview.

“They respond,” he confirmed.

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These small details help make Prince Charles seem down-to-earth

Rumor has it that Queen Elizabeth is worried about handing down the throne to her eldest son because he doesn’t enjoy the same popularity as his mother or as his son, Prince William. But heartwarming stories like this can be so helpful with creating a positive image of the future king.

Prince Charles isn’t a perfect person. But he’s got a way with plants and trees, plus he cares deeply about the natural world. It’s enough to make skeptics smile a little and appreciate the Prince of Wales that much more.