Prince William has revealed the quirks about his father Prince Charles in an interview with the U.K. based magazine that Prince Charles guest-edited to mark his 70th birthday on November 14. Prince Williams said that his father always carries nuts in his pocket for a very specific reason.
"Prince Charles loves red squirrels so much that he gives them names — and keeps nuts in his jacket pockets for them", the Duke of Cambridge revealed.
Charles backs efforts to help the rare squirrel — whose numbers have fallen from 3.5 million to 250,000 in his lifetime — in the U.K.
“He is completely infatuated by the red squirrels that live around the [Birkhall] estate in Scotland — to the extent that he’s given them names and is allowing them into the house!” William was quoted as saying.
In one of the articles on the animals, Prince Charles had mentioned, “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 — they are incredibly special creatures.”
While praising his father's lead in encouraging a love for nature and the outdoors, he said:
“His passion for the environment and the natural world is something I want to repeat in the way I raise George, Charlotte and Louis,” Prince William added.
William adds that some of his earliest memories are from the Balmoral estate in the Highlands of Scotland where his father taught him about the natural world around him — from the burns to the trees to the hills.
"He was also there when I went on my first trip to Africa and helped me learn about the global environment.”
Prince William is President of United for Wildlife, an umbrella grouping of like-minded organizations protecting wildlife and fighting to combat the illegal trade in animal parts.