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Pope Francis tells Prince Charles: ‘be a man of peace’

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, recently met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

The pope and the royals spoke privately for 27 minutes, however, the Vatican did not issue a statement about the topics covered in the private conversation on 4th April.

Following their private meeting, Prince Charles introduced the 15 members of a delegation accompanying him. Among them was Arthur Edwards, a Catholic who has served as the official photographer of the royal household.

“He is an important man. He has followed us for 40 years,” the prince told Pope Francis.

After the presentation, Prince Charles confessed to the pope that it was “difficult to know what to give your Holiness.”

He presented the pope with a gift basket full of produce from the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, their private residence.

“It may come in handy. Somebody else might like it. It’s all homemade things I produce,” Prince Charles told the pope.

“It’s very good,” the Duchess added.

For his part, Pope Francis presented Prince Charles with a bronze sculpture of an olive branch in a white box and told him that it was “a symbol of peace.”

“Wherever you go, may you be a man of peace,” he told the prince.

“I’ll do my best,” Prince Charles replied.

Picture: Pope Francis talks with Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a private audience at the Vatican on 4th April. (CNS photo/Vincenzo Pinto, pool via Reuters).