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Prince Charles Reads ‘Harry Potter’ to His Grandkids and Does All of the Voices

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In a special documentary that airs tonight on BBC One, the Duchess of Cornwall reveals that husband Prince Charles not only loves reading the popular Harry Potter series to grandchildren George, Charlotte and Louis, but he also imitates the voice of each character. Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, which marks the prince’s 70th birthday on November 14, is a rare look inside his life—and the love he has for his grandchildren.

“He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that,” the Duchess of Cornwall said, adding that “he will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him.”

It’s not the first time the Duchess of Cornwall has spoken about Charles’ secret storytelling talents. “Sometimes when we are with my husband in Scotland, he reads them Harry Potter,” she told the Daily Mail in a July 2017 interview. “And he does all the voices, because he is a brilliant mimic… he sits down and they all sit with him. I always think they are going to be wriggling around in bed, but they sit spellbound.”

And his audience is about to grow by one, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expect their first child in the spring of 2019. The soon-to-arrive royal baby will make Charles, who Princess Charlotte and Prince George call “Grandpa Wales,” a proud grandfather of four.