President Obama Tells Prince Charles That Americans Like the Royals More Than U.S. Politicians

Prince Charles and Obama
Obama tells Prince Charles that Americans are obsessed with his family Chris Jackson/Getty Images

President Barack Obama is very aware of where Americans stand on all kinds of issues — including their love for the British Royals. The 44th U.S. president told Prince Charles during a conversation at the White House on Thursday, March 19, that he knows Americans are pretty much obsessed with his family.

"I think it's fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family," Obama told the 66-year-old prince. As reported by AP Radio, Charles perfectly — and royally — responded: “That’s awfully nice to know.”

Obama and Prince Charles
Prince Charles smiles with President of the United States of America Barack Obama in the Oval Office on the third day of a visit to the United States on March 19. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“They like them much better than they like their own politicians,” Obama added, before Prince Charles — again, like a true royal — switched the conversation to his recent visit to Mount Vernon.

Although the royal took the compliments diplomatically, Obama has a point. 

When Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William famously tied the knot in April 2011, 23 million Americans tuned in to watch the event. And when Prince George was born in July 2013, millions more equally waited patiently for Middleton to emerge from the hospital to debut the heir. Not to mention, whenever Middleton steps out in anything remotely affordable, it sells out almost instantaneously.

Prince Charles has been in the states with his wife Duchess Camilla to tour Washington, D.C. Prior to meeting with Obama, 53, the couple visited the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, which provides education and training for the capital’s adult immigrant population. Charles also bowled at the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home and visited various monuments.

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