PRINCE CHARLES and the Duchess of Cornwall have shown they are never too busy for a down-to-earth chat with royal fans as they interrupted their Sunday morning countryside walk to speak to well-wishers.
The Prince of Wales, 71, and Camilla, 72, looked more than happy to greet members of the public gathered outside Mary Magdalene Church after they emerged following a church service. Camilla made a point of walking towards the group and extending her hand in a greeting before engaging in chit-chat. She also took time to bend down and pet a dog before having a conversation with its owners.
Charles followed suit and was snapped talking to well-wishers, including one woman who chose to bow before him.
The pair were well dressed for the Sunday morning chill and seemed to have perfectly coordinated their outfits.
Charles donned a warm check coat while Camilla accessories her matching coat with black knee-boots, a pattern scarf and a dar fur-trimmed hat.
Accompanied by two royal aides, the pair made made their way back back to the house in a brisk fashion, with Charles carrying an umbrella.
Prince Charles and Camilla chatted to fans as they made their way home from church (Image Geoff Robinson )
Charles will ascend the throne when his mother passes away (Image: GETTY)
On December 25 the Queen will lead members of the royal family in Christmas celebration at the 16th century church.
This year Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie will be notably absent as the family-of-three will spend the day with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.
Charles’s public display of friendliness comes after a royal expert Victoria Arbiter said Charles’ public popularity has boomed in recent years.
Charles and Camilla pictured on a recent tour of New Zealand (Image: GETTY)
The Queen’s eldest child is seen as a senior royal who is well-informed on the huge problems facing today’s world including the effects of climate change, which is a hot topic right now.
Ms Arbiter credits Charles’ charity work and his passion for saving the plant for helping to improve how the public sees him.
She told the Australian-based podcast 9Honey: “Call it rebranding, a happy marriage or simply the wisdom of his years, the trifecta combined have led to Charles now being viewed as the nation’s favourite, a charming and affable granddad as opposed to an eccentric and out-of-touch meddler.”
The Prince of Wales has seen his popularity rise in recent years (Image: GETTY)
The Prince of Wales, 71, is heavily involved in charity work and environmental causes (Image: GETTY)
But with Charles’ rising popularity has come a wider unease for the system which allows members of the extended royal family to be propped up by the taxpayer.
A recent YouGov survey for the Sun on Sunday showed Britons’ want only the Queen, Charles, Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to be publicly funded.
Charles and Camilla are viewed in a more favourable light today than they were in years gone by (Image: EXPRESS)
Only 38 percent of respondents said Prince Harry and Meghan should have their bills footed by taxpayers while just 13 percent believe Prince Andrew deserves public funding.
The findings were based on a quiz of 1,642 British adults.
The Duchess of Cornwall carries out solo engagements as well as joint visits with Charles (Image: GETTY)
Royal author Andrew Norman Wilson has summed up 2019 as a “royally disastrous year” for the monarchy.
]=[Over the past 11 months the Duke of Edinburgh escaped injury in a car crash, Harry and Meghan faced widespread criticism for the use of private jets and the Duke of York was hit with a backlash over his links to Jeffrey Epstein.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK