Prince Charles was seen smiling from ear to ear today as he rode a bike for a charity cycle – months after Prince Harry claimed they never went on a ride together.
The Prince of Wales, 72, began the British Asian Trust’s ‘Palace on Wheels’ tour at his Highgrove home today, telling reporters he hasn’t cycled in years.
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The future king joked with the audience that he hoped he would not “bump” them, after telling the cyclists he proved why he didn’t wear Lycra.
As he grabbed the handlebar of his bike, Charles said: “I haven’t worked the gears.
“I hope I don’t bump into you or get stuck behind you later.”
He was facing over 30 riders, who embarked on a 400 km journey to assist the British Asian Trust (BAT).
Hardy cyclists will stop at several royal residences along the way, including Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Sandringham.
And it comes a few months after Prince Harry said he could never ride a bicycle when he was younger.
The Duke of Sussex said during his stellar Oprah interview in March: “To have an outdoor space where I can go for walks with Archie and go for walks as a family and with the dogs.
“All these things are just that – I think the main attraction for me is to stick her on the back of the bicycle in her little baby seat and take her on a bike ride, which is something I was never able to do when I was small.
“I can sit him on the back and he’s spread his arms and he’s like ‘Wow.
But later pictures revealed that 36-year-old Harry was on a bike with his father.
In one, at Sandringham in 1990, she is in a seat on the back of Prince Charles’s bicycle, with his brother William pedaling alongside him.
And in a very old black and white snap, Charles is seen driving a younger Prince Harry in a carriage on the back of his bike near Balmoral Castle.
Prince Charles told TODAY he hadn’t cycled in “years”, but admitted he had practiced a week ago.
Earlier, he joked about seeing riders in tight fitting riding gear that they were “a pretty good demonstration of why I don’t wear Lycra!”
“It’s a nightmare getting involved,” he said.
And when she was given a small lycra top by Rohit Chaddha, one of the organizers of the charity ride, she laughed.
“Oh, have we done wrong?” Mr. Chadha made fun of Charles’s astonishing gesture.
“I mean, I’ve heard of Lycra,” he said, pulling off the top comically, “but really!”
His path was paved by Indian drummers and the prince quickly warmed up and walked down the street leading to his home.
The future King and Harry are said to have been in “regular contact” following the birth of Harry’s daughter Lilibet last week.
sources told Wire That Charles has been talking to his youngest son regularly – and that their relationship has turned a corner since the birth of his granddaughter.
Meanwhile, the royal family is said to be keen to bring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex back.
Charles appeared to be in high spirits today as he laughed with the cyclists, but was only joined by them for a short distance.
BAT chief executive Richard Hawkes said: “Prince is constantly thinking about what can be done and how he can be involved in helping those in need. And to get on the bike and get to work today. It’s great to agree to.”
The British Asian Trust was founded in 2001 by Charles along with a group of prominent Asian business leaders, and works to reduce poverty and harm to communities in Southeast Asia.