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Prince Charles 'Thrilled' About Kate's Pregnancy

December 06, 2012

Prince Charles has given his first reaction to the news that Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their first child. 

Speaking to reporters Thursday in London, the Prince of Wales said he is looking forward to the prospect of becoming a grandfather to the royal offspring. "I'm thrilled, it's marvelous. It's a very nice thought of grandfatherhood in my old age, if I may say so, so that's splendid."

Video: Prince William Visits Kate in the Hospital

Prince Charles also spoke about Kate's recent hospitalization while she recovered from acute morning sickness. "I'm very glad my daughter-in-law is getting better -- thank goodness," he said. Kate -- whose formal title is the Duchess of Cambridge -- was discharged from the hospital on Thursday. 

When first approached by reporters, the Prince joked: "How do you know I'm not a radio station?" The remark referred to the incident earlier this week in which DJs from an Australian radio station called the hospital posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and were able to obtain information about Kate's condition from a nurse. 

RELATED: Kate Middleton's Hospital Apologizes for Prank

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