King Charles III left the room in stitches after he forgot what the date was while signing a book during a royal engagement.
The monarch, 74, enjoyed a moment of levity amid a media storm around Prince Harry’s explosive memoir as he laughed off the blunder while visiting the Aboyne and Mid Deeside Community Shed.
Donning a kilt and blazer for his trip to Scotland, the royal was seen making small talk with others at the hub – a local space which aims to bring its residents together through workshops, arts, crafts and other well-being activities.
However, a video from the Daily Mail’s royal editor Rebecca English on Twitter captured a light-hearted moment in which he needed to ask what day of January it is while signing the guest book.
King Charles left the room in stitches after he forgot what the date was while signing a book during a royal engagement
‘January the something,’ he can be heard saying, before quickly adding, ‘the twelfth.’
A helpful bystander gleefully confirmed the date.
‘I’m still summer of ’22, Sir,’ he joked.
The clip also showed a snippet of the king’s conversation with what appears to be a volunteer at the hub.
The King said he was ‘very impressed’ as he was presented with a plaque made to commemorate his visit to community groups in Aberdeenshire. He also drank tea with members of the Aboyne Men’s Shed, which is housed in the community shed, and watched craft skills including wood and stone carving in action.
Charles’ visit, which shows him in seemingly high spirits, is a contrast to his appearance earlier today.
The monarch, 74, enjoyed a moment of levity amid a media storm around Prince Harry’s explosive memoir as he laughed off the blunder while visiting the Aboyne and Mid Deeside Community Shed
The King looked stony-faced as he got behind the wheel of his car near Birkhall, Aberdeenshire – hours after the Princess of Wales also broke cover for the first time since Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir hit the shelves.
It marked the first time he has been seen in public since his youngest son appeared on US talk shows downing tequila shots to promote his controversial autobiography.
Harry told The Late Show that he and Meghan were ‘forced’ to flee ‘our home country’ of Britain for ‘beautiful California’ because of ‘abuse and harassment’.
He then said: ‘We have created a fantastic life here in California, which by the way is beautiful, and America is a great place to live,’ before clinking glasses with Colbert to wild cheers.
The king pictured meeting with well-wishers during a visit to the Aboyne and Mid Deeside Community Shed in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
The king met with local hardship support groups and was given a tour of new facilities on his visit
His Majesty has maintained a dignified silence throughout the onslaught of attacks from the Duke of Sussex.
He and Camilla reportedly arrived at their ‘marital home’ in Scotland last week for a ‘well-deserved’ break.
Birkhall is where Charles and Camilla became engaged, and where they honeymooned in 2005.
The King has previously revealed that he finds the property ‘calming and peaceful’.
Charles appeared in good spirits and was seen having a chuckle with members of the public despite the drama Prince Harry has caused with his memoir, Spare
He told The BBC: ‘One of the most marvelous things about [Birkhall] it’s by this river called the Muick, and it has this wonderful sound of rushing water.
‘When you are in the house, it’s very calming and peaceful, I think. It was also the first place that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought in 1848 before they bought Balmoral, it has a very special atmosphere.
‘The house is rather wonderful because it was built in 1713 and there have been extensions put on ever since, but it is its setting and its atmosphere.’
The Princess of Wales today also stepped out in public for the first time since Harry made a slew of claims about her fractious relationship with Meghan.
Prince Harry has claimed the Princess of Wales was among the members of his family who ‘stereotyped’ his wife Meghan. The royal wives are pictured in June 2018
The Duke of Sussex gave his first full account of the infamous bridesmaid dress fitting at the heart of ‘Megxit’, claiming Princess Charlotte ‘cried when she tried it on at home’ and insisting the incident was driven by his sister-in-law Kate , who appeared irritated that it had taken Meghan a day to get back to her about the problem.
The disagreement between the two women was, he claims, further exacerbated by Kate’s unwillingness to visit Meghan’s tailor at Kensington Palace and suggestions that they hold a party for the page boys when his bride-to-be was busy dealing with a row with her father , Thomas Markle.
Harry also used an interview with ITV journalist, and old friend, Tom Bradby to accuse Kate of ‘stereotyping’ Meghan because she was an American actress and is divorced and biracial, saying it prevented them from ‘welcoming her in’.
Prince Harry told Tom Bradby that he felt ‘slightly awkward’ being a ‘third wheel’ to Prince William and Kate Middleton before meeting Meghan. The trio was photographed in 2012
Asked what he meant, the duke said: ‘Well, American actress, divorced, biracial, there’s – there’s all different parts to that and what that can mean but if you are, like a lot of my family do, if you are reading the Press, the British tabloids, at the same time as living the life, then there is a tendency where you could actually end up living in the tabloid bubble rather than the actual reality.’
Meghan was previously married to American TV producer Trevor Engelson for three years from 2011 to 2014.
Before meeting Harry, Meghan starred in the US legal drama series Suits in which she played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane.
Tom said that Harry saw his brother’s wife as ‘the sister you never had’, with the pair having known each other since soon after William and Kate started dating in 2003.
It marked the first time he has been seen in public since his youngest son appeared on US talk shows downing tequila shots to promote his controversial autobiography
The pair are believed to have got on well, with Harry joining her and William on engagements before he met Meghan – although he told Bradby that while the events were ‘fun’, he sometimes felt ‘slightly awkward’ being the ‘third wheel’.
Harry also said the idea of himself, his wife and the Prince and Princess of Wales being the ‘fab four’ was ‘something the British Press created’ and it ‘creates competition’.
He told Tom: ‘The idea of the four of us being together was always a hope for me.
‘Before it was Meghan, whoever it was going to be, I always hoped that the four of us would get on.
But very quickly it became Meghan versus Kate.
And that, when it plays out so publicly, you can’t hide from that, right? Especially when within my family you have the newspapers laid out pretty much in every single palace and house that is around.’
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