King Charles bursts into laughter as Declan Donnelly says new dad Ant McPartlin 'is busy breastfeeding' as he explains why he's absent from star-studded reception

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King Charles couldn’t contain his laughter during a sweet encounter with Declan Donnelly in Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

The King, 75, hosted a reception for the winners of the 20th Prince’s Trust Awards at the palace.

And during the reception King Charles asked Dec, who attended with wife Ali Astall, 45, where his right-hand man was.

Explaining why Ant McPartlin, 48, wasn’t able to attend his event, Dec joked that Ant was ‘too busy breastfeeding’ after welcoming his first child with wife Anne-Marie, a son named Wilder, a week ago.

Dec said: ‘Good to see you, nice to see you too. He’s [Ant] not here today but he sends his apologises. He’s got a week old baby so he’s home breastfeeding or something.’

King Charles, 75, couldn't contain his laughter during a sweet encounter with Declan Donnelly, 48, in Buckingham Palace on Wednesday

King Charles, 75, couldn’t contain his laughter during a sweet encounter with Declan Donnelly, 48, in Buckingham Palace on Wednesday

The King, 75, hosted a reception for the winners of the 20th Prince's Trust Awards at the palace (Dec pictured with wife Ali Astall)

The King, 75, hosted a reception for the winners of the 20th Prince’s Trust Awards at the palace (Dec pictured with wife Ali Astall)

Explaining why Ant, 48, wasn't able to attend his event, Dec joked that Ant was 'too busy breastfeeding' after welcoming his first child a week ago (Ant and Dec pictured on Tuesday)

Explaining why Ant, 48, wasn’t able to attend his event, Dec joked that Ant was ‘too busy breastfeeding’ after welcoming his first child a week ago (Ant and Dec pictured on Tuesday)

King Charles asked: ‘Is it his first one [child]?’

Dec responded: ‘Yeah, it’s his first one. They’ve got daughters from previous marriages but it’s his first one.’

‘So will you please give him my many congratulations’, King Charles added. 

Dec said: ‘I will, of course.’

The Prince’s Trust Awards recognise young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community.

The 2024 winners include young people who have overcome challenges including poor mental health, educational troubles and youth unemployment with the help of the Trust.

The eight UK Award categories are: Enterprise Award, Education Award, Breakthrough Award, Young Change Maker Award, Young Achiever Award, Community Impact Award, Rising Star Award and Volunteer of the Year Award.

Ant made his first public appearance on Tuesday evening at the 2024 National Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards since becoming a father for the first time.

During the reception King Charles asked Dec, who attended with wife Ali Astall, 45, where his right-hand man was

During the reception King Charles asked Dec, who attended with wife Ali Astall, 45, where his right-hand man was

Dec said: ‘Good to see you, nice to see you too. He’s [Ant] not here today but he sends his apologises. He’s got a week old baby so he’s home breastfeeding or something.’

King Charles asked: 'Is it his first one [child]?' Dec responded: 'Yeah, it's his first one. They've got daughters from previous marriages but it's his first one.' 'So will you please give him my many congratulations', King Charles added

King Charles asked: ‘Is it his first one [child]?’ Dec responded: ‘Yeah, it’s his first one. They’ve got daughters from previous marriages but it’s his first one.’ ‘So will you please give him my many congratulations’, King Charles added

Ant made his first public appearance on Tuesday evening at the 2024 National Prince's Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards since becoming a father for the first time.

Ant made his first public appearance on Tuesday evening at the 2024 National Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards since becoming a father for the first time.

On Saturday, Ant set the record straight and addressed fans' accusations that he 'snubbed' his dog Hurley in his new tattoo (pictured with wife Anne-Marie in 2021)

On Saturday, Ant set the record straight and addressed fans’ accusations that he ‘snubbed’ his dog Hurley in his new tattoo (pictured with wife Anne-Marie in 2021)

The presenter took to X to thank fans for their 'kind messages' after announcing the birth of his son Wilder on Tuesday

The presenter took to X to thank fans for their ‘kind messages’ after announcing the birth of his son Wilder on Tuesday 

Tyler West and King Charles III share a fist bump during a reception for the winners of The 20th Prince's Trust Awards

Tyler West and King Charles III share a fist bump during a reception for the winners of The 20th Prince’s Trust Awards

DJ Cuppy (C) and King Charles III (R) during a reception for the winners of The 20th Prince's Trust Awards

DJ Cuppy (C) and King Charles III (R) during a reception for the winners of The 20th Prince’s Trust Awards

The King is seen chatting to Pixie Lott, one of the various celebrity guests in attendance

The King is seen chatting to Pixie Lott, one of the various celebrity guests in attendance 

Penny Lancaster during a reception for the winners of The 20th Prince's Trust Awards

Penny Lancaster during a reception for the winners of The 20th Prince’s Trust Awards

Charles speaks with Paul, the L'Oreal Paris Rising Star

Charles speaks with Paul, the L’Oreal Paris Rising Star

Chuckling Charles giggles with Strictly star Johannes Radebe

Chuckling Charles giggles with Strictly star Johannes Radebe

On Saturday, Ant set the record straight and addressed fans’ accusations that he ‘snubbed’ his dog Hurley in his new tattoo.  

The presenter took to X to thank fans for their ‘kind messages’ after announcing the birth of his son Wilder on Tuesday.

In his post, Ant also addressed fans’ concerns that he’d ‘snubbed’ Hurley in a new tattoo paying tribute to his family after the dog’s name appeared to be absent from the design. 

Ant wrote: ‘Hey all, I just wanted to say thank You so much for the kind messages of love and well wishes for our baby Wilder. He’s doing great. 

‘Glad you loved the tattoo as well. For all you dog lovers who asked why my beloved Hurley wasn’t on the family tree..he was!! He was just covered by our newborn. All my love, gratitude and heartfelt thanks A.’

Ant then shared a snap showing the full tattoo on his shoulder, with Hurley’s name visible on the tree design.

The tattoo could be seen on Ant’s shoulder in an Instagram post where Ant revealed he’d welcomed a son named Wilder Patrick with wife Anne-Marie. 

Charles stands next to Arti, the Amal Clooney Women's Empowerment Award winner

Charles stands next to Arti, the Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment Award winner

Arti's, the Amal Clooney Women's Empowerment Award winner's, pink rickshaw parks during the reception

Arti’s, the Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment Award winner’s, pink rickshaw parks during the reception

Charles, centre, poses with Prince's Trust Awards winners and ambassadors, during a reception for the winners of The 20th Prince's Trust Awards at Buckingham Palace

Charles, centre, poses with Prince’s Trust Awards winners and ambassadors, during a reception for the winners of The 20th Prince’s Trust Awards at Buckingham Palace