Prince Charles shows his grandfatherly side on tour of New Zealand and Australia

His wife has always said how brilliant he is with children, and Prince Charles did indeed show a grandfatherly touch as he played with a baby during an official tour Down Under.

In a video released by Clarence House, the Prince of Wales is seen holding the little one, while joking: "You are not going to do something horrible down my front, are you". Chuckling heartily, he is then seen handing the child to his mother.



Prince Charles meeting one of his youngest subjects in New Zealand

The touching moment came during several days that he and the Duchess of Cornwall spent in New Zealand before moving on to Australia on Tuesday.

After touching down in Adelaide at 1pm local time, the future King visited the Barossa Valley to taste local food and wine.

Meanwhile, his wife Camilla showed her support for victims of domestic violence by meeting Rosie Batty, who became a campaigner on the issue after her son, Luke, was murdered by his father in 2014.

The Prince then moved on to Australia's Barossa Valley where he tasted local produce and wine

It is the 15th visit to Australia for Prince Charles – who wore a Remembrance Day poppy prominently displayed on his lapel.

The royal will have his work cut out to convince the Australians he is not partisan after congratulating New Zealand's All Blacks on their recent Rugby World Cup win.

Charles, who will celebrate his 67th birthday with a barbecue in Perth, also joked that he was in trouble because he was due to face the losing team Australia.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we just travelled 11,683 miles to come here to congratulate the best rugby team in the world," Charles told crowds who had congregated outside Parliament in Wellington city.

"But, ladies and gentlemen, what the hell am I going to say to the Aussies next week?" he joked.

The future King meets Willow Twine and her brother Brennan at a sustainable urban living project

"I'm so relieved New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup," said Charles. "Otherwise I was slightly anxious of what I was going to find when I got here – a nation in total gloom. Anyway, by the time we get to Australia hopefully they've got over it."

"Secretly I did think they were going to win all the time," Charles added. "How they do it? I don't know. It's a great demonstration of sporting prowess."

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