The Sad Reason Why Prince Charles Doesn’t See Charlotte, George, or Louis as Much as the Middletons

Prince Charles might love being a grandfather, but actually, he hardly sees his grandchildren. The royal family might seem nearly perfect on the outside, yet Charles is saddened by how little time he gets to spend with George, Charlotte, and Louis. The reason behind this? Check out page 4.

Prince Charles ‘comes alive’ with the children

Prince George and Princess Charlotte

By all accounts, Prince Charles is a doting grandfather. | Kensington Palace via Instagram

Charles loves being a grandfather. A source close to the royal family told People that Charles’ energy is much higher around the grandchildren and that he “comes alive” when he spends time with the two — especially George. “Charles and Camilla absolutely adore being grandparents and are enthralled with Charlotte and George,” the source told People. “He loves spending time with [George].” While he loves his granddaughter, too, he supposedly has only seen her very few times since she was born.

He even spoiled George with a $22,000 gift

Kensington Palace set in Kensington Gardens

Prince Charles has turned the royal garden into a paradise for his grandchildren. |

In 2015, Charles transformed part of his royal garden into a play area fit for a king. He reportedly spent $22,000 on creating the playground for George. The two also picnic in the garden together. And Charles remodeled a treehouse that was originally built for William. George was still too young to play in it at the time, but he likely spends time there now on the days he gets to see his grandfather.

There have been rumors that Charles is unhappy about the little time he has with the children

Prince Charles of Wales

Prince Charles would like to see his grandchildren more. | Carl Court/Getty Images

The Daily Mail reported in 2017 that Charles was not happy about the lack of time spent with the children. Sources have said Charles wishes he saw the two kids more and had more influence on their lives. However, it has not created a rift in his relationship with his son and daughter-in-law.

He accepts that Kate spends more time with her own family

Prince William and Kate Middleton Helicopter

Prince Charles respects his son and daughter-in-law’s wishes. | Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

It’s sad for Charles to see the kids spending so much more time with Kate’s family, but he understands it. An insider to the royal family told People that Charles is very pragmatic about his lack of time with the little ones. “He is accepting that a daughter gravitates toward her own family,” the source said.

Kate has always remained close with her family, even though she is married to a prince. The couple and their children even skipped the royal Christmas celebrations in 2016 to be with Kate’s family instead.

Kate wants to instill her parents’ values in the children

Kate Middleton has her own family traditions to pass down. | Justin Tallis/Getty Images

In early 2017, Kate told People that she wants to impart the same values to her own family that her parents imparted to her. “[They] taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty,” Kate said. She also said those qualities matter to her just as much as excelling in school. Keeping her children close to her grandparents would allow them to develop these same values.

Charles has a much busier schedule

Prince Charles walking outside

Prince Charles has an incredibly busy schedule. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Charles has as many as 600 public engagements each year, according to the Daily Mail. As a result, it’s difficult for him to make time for his grandchildren. When he can make time, it is usually last minute. In contrast, William and Kate typically don’t plan their schedules very far in advance, making it harder for the grandfather to arrange visits with his grandchildren. Since the Middletons have far more available time for their grandchildren than Charles does, it’s no surprise they spend more time with the kids.

He doesn’t want tensions to rise between his son and him

Prince Charles doesn’t want to be an overbearing grandfather. | Tim Rooke-Pool/Getty Images

Sources close to Charles said he worries about putting a strain on his relationship with William and Kate. “He is also nervous about provoking a situation where he never gets to see his grandchildren at all,” the website reported. Since Charlotte’s birth, Charles has only seen her a handful of times.

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