Prince Charles says he hopes 'bickering' doesn't return after Platinum Jubilee weekend

Charles and Camilla mingled with guests at the Big Jubilee Lunch in The Oval

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The Prince of Wales said he hopes “bickering” does not return after a feeling of “togetherness” across the nation over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Charles and Camilla mingled with guests at the Big Jubilee Lunch in The Oval.

Sarah Friar, CEO of neighbourhood app Nextdoor, was among those to meet the prince and he sat opposite her.

“He said at the end how great it was that everyone comes together this weekend,” she said.

Prince Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles and Camilla

“We see it with neighbours, right? I’m from a company called Nextdoor, so people coming together with the best coming out. People who don’t know each other are out having fun.”

Ms Friar, originally from Sion Mills in Co Tyrone, said that Charles commented: “When it comes to Monday are we going to go back to all the bickering again? Let’s hope we don’t do that.”

Ms Friar said it was “a wonderful thought” for all of us.

Gemma Snow, from the Eden Project, was sitting next to Charles at the lunch for a few minutes and said he talked about “keeping that togetherness going”.

The Duchess of Cornwall, as Patron of the Big Lunch, during the Big Jubilee Lunch with tables set up on the pitch at The Oval cricket ground, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations
The Duchess of Cornwall, as Patron of the Big Lunch, during the Big Jubilee Lunch with tables set up on the pitch at The Oval cricket ground, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Platinum Jubilee celebrations will draw to a close with a colourful street pageant which royal revellers hope will be capped by a Buckingham Palace appearance by the Queen.

The monarch received affectionate tributes from the Prince of Wales and national figures during Saturday night’s Platinum Party at the Palace that saw Sir Rod Stewart, Diana Ross and Duran Duran perform for thousands.

And in a comic sketch that delighted the nation, the Queen had tea with Paddington Bear and revealed, like the furry character, she is partial to a marmalade sandwich.

In his personal tribute Charles spoke movingly about the Queen, calling her “Mummy” and described how “you laugh and cry with us and, most importantly, you have been there for us…” in a speech to thousands of spectators in The Mall.