'Yer a wizard, Harry.'
It turns out not even royalty are impervious to the charms of The Boy That Lived. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, revealed in a recent conversation that her five grandchildren enjoy a bit of Harry Potter – and that Charles is a fantastic storyteller who leaves them ‘spellbound’.
Camilla turns 70 years old today (happy birthday!) and in the lead-up to the celebration, she opened up to the Daily Mail about her private life within the royal family. The Duchess revealed at a child literacy event that Prince Charles would read to his five step-grandchildren whenever they were together and it seems like there’s a future in kids’ party entertainment if the whole royalty thing doesn’t work out.
She said, ‘Sometimes, when we are with my husband in Scotland, he reads them Harry Potter. And he does all the voices, because he is a brilliant mimic. I’m not very good. I try to do the voices, but acting isn’t my forte. But he sits down and they all sit with him. I always think they are going to be wriggling around in the bed, but they sit spellbound.’
She also revealed that he was ‘extremely good with children’ and talked about her own relationship with her grandchildren, explaining, ‘Children keep you young…They are charging about all over the place. You can’t just sit down and say: ‘Sorry, I’m too old, I can’t play.’’
It seems like there’s a lot of truth to her words, as Prince Charles and Camilla were spotted uncontrollably laughing during a welcoming ceremony in Canada recently.
In honour of her seventieth birthday, an official portrait of her and Prince Charles has been released. Snapped by fashion photographer Mario Testino at their London home, Clarence House, the couple have a long history with him as he also photographed their first wedding anniversary portraits. He was also one of Princess Diana’s favourite photographers, revealing to Marie Claire that shooting her iconic 90s portraits was ‘very memorable and special’.
Testino said that Camilla was a ‘beautiful person with a wonderful sense of humour’. He also continued, ‘Doing this latest assignment to celebrate Her Royal Highness’s 70th birthday is a true honour.’
We’re kind of intrigued to see Prince Charles, children’s storyteller, in action. Stephen Fry, who starred in the most iconic Harry Potter audiobook series, better watch out – there could be some competition.