Prince Charles wrote to Spice Girl Geri Halliwell when she quit the all-girl group, saying he would miss her "wonderfully friendly greeting," the Mirror newspaper reported.

Ginger Spice Geri, who quit the chart-topping fivesome on May 31, made a habit of giving strait-laced Charles a big kiss and even pinching his bottom when they met at charity events."Dear Geri, I wanted to drop you a line to say how sorry I was to discover you had decided to leave the rest of the Spice Girls. I suspect I am not the only one to feel sad either!

"The group certainly will not be the same without your wonderfully friendly greeting in the future," wrote Charles, who earlier invited the girls to tea with his younger son Harry.

Thanking her for helping a charity which bears his name, Charles ended: "I wish you well for whatever the future holds. Take care of yourself, with lots of love from Charles."