'Very nice person, good human': Dalai Lama is thrilled to see his 'best friend' Charles

Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was full of praise for his "best friend" Prince Charles during an informal meeting at Clarence House.

The 71-year-old Buddhist monk said: "I always consider him a very close, best of friends. Right from the beginning, I felt 'very nice person, good human'."


"He (has) proved a very wonderful, sensible, good human being."

During touching scenes the exiled Tibetan held hands with his host and the Duchess of Cornwall.

He has clearly built up a strong rapport with the future King, who he urged to carry on his work.

The pair shared lots of laughs during the one-hour meeting, during which the royal couple took their visitor to see a magnolia spectrum tree he planted in the garden during a visit in 2008.

The Dalai Lama is on a ten-day tour of Britain with a mission to spread his Buddhist teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters.
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