Referring to her step-grandchildren, the Duchess said they “teach” her things. Her comments came during a visit to a school in Cornwall, in her role as patron of the Silver Stories charity. The association encourages young people to read to the elderly.
Camilla is an avid reader herself, hosting an Instagram-based book club
Dame Esther Ranstzen, trustee of the charity, met Camilla at Charlestown School in St Austell.
Speaking to Dame Esther, Camilla described reading as “the basis of learning”.
She said: “I think all young children need to build their confidence, especially in reading, which as we all know is the foundation of learning.
“You can see the fun these listeners have listening to the kids – it’s the highlight of their week.”
She added: “Well, what’s so nice about being a grandma, they teach you things and hopefully they learn a few things from us.”
Camilla met the founders of Silver Stories during her visit, Elizabeth and David Carney-Haworth.
The Duchess also spoke to a group of listeners and money readers at the school library about their experiences with the charity.
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She holds more than six literature-related patronages, including the National Literacy Trust.
The royal has also presented the prestigious Booker Prize in recent years.
In April 2022, Camilla met Bernadine Evaristo at her home in Clarence House to celebrate her appointment as President of the Royal Society of Literature.
The Duchess has previously explained how much she enjoys reading to her grandchildren.
She told the Mirror her favorite book to read to her grandchildren involved a “gangster granny” who plots to steal the Queen’s Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
Camilla spoke of the joy she feels when “their eyes widen as they start to wonder if their own grandparents might have any interesting stories to tell”.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s conversation with Dame Esther Ranstzen will air on BBC Morning Live on BBC One on Thursday.