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The One Worry Princes William and Harry Have For Their Dad Prince Charles

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When you're the heir to the British throne, it's a gross understatement to say your life is anything less than hectic.

Although it frequently appears that Prince Charles leads a simple life as he has yet to be crowned king, he has become Queen Elizabeth II's representative for an increasing number of ceremonial occasions and public engagements.

But as the Prince of Wales' responsibilities are increasing, so is his age.

While turning 70 years old may seem like the end of the line for some people, having relatives that are in their late 90s or have become a centenarians, fretting about becoming another year older is just trivial to others.

However, even though that's the case for Charles, his sons are still voicing their concern.

"I would like him to have more time with the children."

By spring of next year, His Royal Highness will become a grandfather-of-four, and his sons Prince William and Prince Harry hope he'll be able to put aside his workaholic tenancies and spend more time with his expanding family.

“It’s something I’m working more heavily on, put it that way," William said on the BBC documentary, Prince, Son & Heir: Charles at 70. "I would like him to have more time with the children."

"Now he’s reached 70, it’s a perfect time to consolidate a little, because as most families would do, you are worried about having them around."

"And he’s the fittest man I know but equally I want him to be fit until he’s 95, you know, going on."

"So, having more time with him at home would be lovely, and being able to play around with the grandchildren. Because when he’s there, he’s brilliant."

Of course, Harry shares the same sentiments as his brother. He said that Charles' has lived a chaotic life ever since the royals were children.

"He does need to slow down. This is a man who has dinner ridiculously late at night, and then goes to his desk later that night and will fall asleep on his notes—to the point where he'll wake up with a piece of paper stuck to his face! The man never stops," the Duke of Sussex explained.

"When we were kids, there were bags and bags and bags of work that the office just sent to him. We could barely even get to his desk to say 'goodnight' to him."

"You know if you ask him if the job's done, it's not."

Camilla Parker Bowles echoed her stepsons' opinions, and added that her husband is excellent with her grandchildren from her first marriage.

"He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that," she said.

"He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know, making funny noises and laughing. My grandchildren adore him—absolutely adore him!"

With Charles turning 70 on November 14, William and Harry shared what they hope to see of their father in the future.

"Please have dinner earlier is my message to him! I would encourage him to remain optimistic because I think it can be very easy to become despondent and negative," Harry said.

"But with hopefully his children and his grandchildren and hopefully more grandchildren to come, he can get energy from the family side and then carry on his leadership role."

Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry
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William added, "I'm very pleased that he's made 70. You know if you ask him if the job's done, it's not."

"But more than anything I'd like to see his passions and his interests and the things he's been campaigning for come to fruition completely for him."

"He hasn't even reached the point that his natural progression should do – i.e. being monarch. So, you know he's still got his job to do."

[H/T: Mirror, E! News]

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