Prince Charles breaks silence on news of Lilibet’s birth and speaks of ‘legacy’

Prince Charles has broken his silence since the news of his fifth grandchild Lilibet being born.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their baby daughter on Friday and shared the news with the world on Sunday.

Thrilled grandfather Charles, described the birth as "happy news" and spoke of legacy at an event.

His words are the first time he publicly addressed the arrival of his granddaughter.

Charles commented on being a grandfather for the fifth time, after Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born weighing 7lb 11oz in California, during a visit to a production plant.

The Prince was visiting the Mini plant at Cowley near Oxford on Tuesday.

The future King was speaking as he highlighted the importance of leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations.

The Prince of Wales joked about the car and even paraphrased the famous words of Sir Michael Cane from his role in the 1960s film The Italian Job.

Charles said he had not "blown the bloody doors off" while he took an electric version of the mini for a brief test drive.

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During the visit, he also met staff on the production line as he marked 20 years of modern mini production.

The Prince said: "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.

"It is something I'm only too aware of today having recently become a grandfather for the fifth time.

"And 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."

Charles had driven the Mini slowly off the production at just a few miles an hour and turned left after about 20 metres and stopping.

He added: "If I may say so at least my test drive a moment ago was on the whole without incident and only went to prove that the new Mini is silent but deadly and also a very good colour indeed.

"And to paraphrase the immortal words of Sir Michael Caine 'at least I didn't blow the bloody doors off'."

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