Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week. They spoke privately for 27 minutes.

The Prince and the Pope joked about the gifts they gave each other. Charles said it was “difficult to know what to give Your Holiness”. He gave Francis a 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 home-made things I prod­uce,” he explained. Camilla assured the Pope: “It’s very good.”

Pope Francis presented Prince Charles with “a symbol of peace”, a bronze sculpture of an olive branch in a white box.

“Wherever you go, may you be a man of peace,” he said.

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

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