Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced on Sunday that they welcomed their second child, a baby girl they have named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, two days before on Friday, June 4.
Now, Prince Charles has broken his silence for the first time since the birth of his granddaughter.
While speaking at a carmakers’ factory in Cowley on Tuesday, Charles called the birth of Lilibet “such happy news.” Charles had gone to the BMW’s Mini factory to talk about innovation and sustainability, according to People Magazine.
“The development of technology like electric vehicles, or green hydrogen for that matter for heavy transport, is vital for maintaining the health of our world for future generations, something I am only too aware of today, having recently become a grandfather for the fifth time,” Charles said.
“Such happy news really does remind one of the necessity of continued innovation in this area – especially around sustainable battery technology – in view of the legacy we bequeath to our grandchildren,” he added.
Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall had taken to social media after the birth announcement to release a statement through Clarence House.
“Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana 🎊 Wishing them all well at this time,” they wrote.
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During his appearance on Tuesday, Charles took one of the new cars for a spin around the factory, later saying that the test run was “on the whole without incident and only went to prove that the new Mini is silent but deadly! and also a very good color indeed if I may say so and to paraphrase the immortal words of Sir Michael Caine [in The Italian Job], ‘At least I didn’t blow the bloody doors off!'”
Charles had visited the factory to mark the 20th anniversary of it opening.
“I understand that some of you here are third – even fourth-generation employees. Which is quite a remarkable fact when you think about it, and a real tribute to the role that this plant plays in the community as a family company,” he said.
“For a large part of my life, I have been trying to draw attention for the need to operate as sustainably as possible and within country boundaries, so it really is very encouraging to see the breadth of the sustainability measures that are being implemented across the company, not just in the development of a practical and popular electric vehicle, but in all that you are doing across the factory sites to reduce carbon footprints across the product life-cycle,” Charles continued.