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New photo of Prince Louis released by doting grandfather Prince Charles

Prince Charles shared an adorable new image of his youngest grandson, Prince Louis, in a documentary made to celebrate his 70th birthday.

Prince, Son and Heir, which aired last night, followed the Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and also featured sons Prince William and Prince Harry speaking about the profound effect Charles’ work has had on them.

In the show, Clarence House shared two never-before-seen photographs of the Prince of Wales: one with his grandchildren at a gathering with Camilla, and another with Kate Middleton and a young Prince Louis.

Taken by Getty photographer Chris Jackson in September at Clarence House, it’s the first official photograph we’ve seen of the young prince since we were treated to four images from his christening day in July.

In the sweet snap, the Duchess of Cambridge holds her baby boy as doting Grandpa Charles proudly smiles at little Louis and grasps his tiny fingers with both hands.

Prince William was asked in the show whether Charles had time to be a grandfather on top of everything else, and replied: “It’s something I’m working more heavily on, put it that way.

“I think he does have time for it, but I would like him to have more time with the children. I think he’s… now he’s reached his 70th year it’s a perfect time to consolidate a little bit, because as most families would do, you are worried about having them around and making sure their health’s OK."

The Prince of Wales didn’t meet the newest addition to the Cambridge family straight after his birth as he was holidaying in Scotland when his grandson was born on April 23.

Charles had been attending a First World War centenary service in France and had flown to Scotland before returning home to London.

The new picture of Louis sent viewers of the documentary in a spin as they cooed at the cute baby.

One said: "We also got a climpse of a new Prince Louis picture being held by his mother and playing with his grandfather! Were gonna get cute family pics for Charles 70th! # PrinceSonAndHeir"

Another said: "KATE, CHARLES, and one of THE BABIES! I think it’s Louis cause of the way Kate looks! "

A third said: "Sweet pic of Prince Charles with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and the adorable prince louis #princecharles # duchessofcambridge # princelouis"

Earlier in the documentary, Charles was also seen swinging his other grandchildren by their hands, in a cute moment of a garden party with his wife’s family.

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He was seen playing with the children, as others ran around the grounds smiling, in the second of two exclusive photos featured in the documentary.

Prince Charles’ wife and children were thoroughly complimentary of the next in line to the throne, as he joked about how his "meddling" over the years has been a good thing.

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