Here's why Prince Charles lets squirrels into his house

By Meaghan Wray

Prince Charleshas a well-known appreciation of the great outdoors and fondness for all things environmentally friendly, but there’s one animal he holds particularly dear that may come as a surprise: squirrels! The future king’s eldest son, Prince William , opened up about his dad’s infatuation with the creatures, revealing that he even likes to name them and let them inside his Scottish estate.

While speaking with the magazine Country Life , the father of three said of his dad: “He is completely infatuated by the red squirrels that live around the estate in Scotland – to the extent that he’s given them names and is allowing them into the house.” But it’s not just William spilling the beans on his father’s love for his furry friends. The heir to the throne has been open about it, too. In another article by the glossy, which is actually guest-edited by the Prince of Wales himself in honour of his 70 th birthdya, he called them “incredibly special creatures.”

The heir to the throne continued: “They come into the house at Birkhall and we get them chasing each other round and round inside. If I sit there quietly, they will do so around me … Sometimes, when I leave my jackets on a chair with nuts in the pockets, I see them with their tails sticking out, as they hunt for nuts.” Royal watchers are likely delighted to learn more of the prince’s quirks, which just go to show why his grandchildren – Prince George , Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, plus the Duchess of Cornwall ’s five grandkids – are so fond of him.

The recently released documentary Prince, Son and Heir: Prince Charles at 70 – made in celebration of Prince Charles’ 70 th birthday on Nov. 14 – provides a closer look into his life than ever seen before. He talks openly about his fight for environmental awareness, a cause he’s been advocating for almost 40 years. At Birkhall, he raises chickens, pigs and turkeys, too, for which he also has a strong fondness. “I love these turkeys, they make me laugh so much,” he shared in one clip from the documentary, imitating their gobbling sounds and clucking on camera.

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