Prince Charles
Prince Charles said he was "absolutely delighted" with the news of Kate Middleton and Prince William's new baby girl. Pictured here, the prince visits Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington in March 2015. Reuters

Kate Middleton and Prince William have officially welcomed a baby girl into the world. As fans await the announcement of the child’s name and royal title, the current first-man in the succession line to the throne, Prince Charles, has shared his thoughts on the birth of his grandchild.

According to a report from BBC News, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall said they are both “absolutely delighted,” with the news of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s healthy baby girl. In fact, it seems the Prince is happier than expected as he revealed earlier that he was personally hoping for a baby girl instead of a boy.

Until she was born, Kate Middleton and Prince William kept the gender of the child a secret. With so many people speculating as to whether or not the child would be a boy or a girl, Prince Charles weighed in on the matter while chatting with a 100-year-old veteran at Windsor Castle on Thursday. According to AP (via Yahoo News), the Prince revealed his preference for a girl while speaking with the veteran’s daughter, Lynda Bateman.

Batemen reportedly told the Prince that her father once jokingly told her that one daughter is enough for a family.

“We’re hoping for a granddaughter!” the Duke of Wales responded.

While Prince Charles is sending happy thoughts to the couple, his second son, Prince Harry, was spotted attending a football match.

Sky News reports that the prince, who is now fifth in line of succession to the throne, was spotted at an AFL football match in Perth Australia between the West Coast Eagles and the Greater Western Sydney Giants. As of right now there’s no telling if he’ll make his way to London to be present for the baby’s trip home.

Correction: An earlier version of this article said that Prince Harry was in Sydney Australia. He is, in fact, in Perth.