Prince Charles of Wales is finally preparing to step into his destiny and take on the throne as the future King of England. His journey has been riddled with scandal, a broken marriage, and various antics that have been frowned upon by the British public and political powerhouses.
Though the prince seems ready to take over for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, his fractured reputation, and some rather odd habits are making some folks very wary of seeing Prince Charles sitting on the throne.
The horrors of cling-wrap
Apparently, Prince Charles has lived such a lavish and aloof lifestyle that he had no clue what cling wrap was until he encountered it one evening as he searched for a midnight snack.
According to author Tom Bower who wrote Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles, the prince’s wife, Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles heard him shriek in horror from the kitchen. The duchess had to reassure him by saying, “It’s cling film, darling.”
Next: The prince’s new clothes
A supermodel prince
Prince Charles was probably a fashion model in a past life. In Rebel Prince, Bower claims that he is obsessed with his wardrobe, and he changes his clothes at least five times a day.
Next: A flair for fashion
An eccentric dresser
Don’t expect the prince to be seen wearing typical suits in whatever the most modern style of dress is. According to biographer Sally Bedell Smith’s book Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, “[He’s] always dressed in a double-breasted suit no pocket flaps, handkerchief billowing from the breast pocket, flower in the buttonhole and Turnbull & Asser shirts with French cuffs.”
Interestingly enough, the prince has never once undressed himself.
Next: The shoelace debacle
Some very fancy laces
If you thought we were exaggerating about the prince’s obsession with detail when it came to his style of dress, then you were dead wrong. In fact, he’s adamant that everything needs to be in order right down to his shoelaces.
In Not in Front of the Corgis: Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtain, former royal servant Brian Hoey writes that the prince demands that his shoelaces get ironed whenever he takes off his shoes.
Next: Butlers, valets, and secretaries
A massive entourage
Approximately 124 staff members keep Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s home Clarence House running efficiently. Therefore, one would assume that the prince would revel in getting away and having a breather from the continually prying eyes of others.
However, that is not the case. Bower states that whenever the Prince of Wales travels anywhere, his butler, two valets, a private secretary, typist, chef, and handful of bodyguards join him.
It seems a bit excessive to us.
Next: Kleenex Premium Comfort toilet paper
A personal toilet seat
It’s true that we all have our favorite comfort items in our homes, but Prince Charles has taken it to an extreme. Apparently, the prince won’t be caught traveling anywhere without his bedroom furniture.
Bower claims that the prince’s staff is forced to pack, “His orthopedic bed, fresh linen, radio, a chest of drawers, his personal toilet seat, rolls of Kleenex Premium Comfort toilet paper and two landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.”
Next: Transportation, the royal way
If you thought Prince Charles was excessive at home, his habits are even more outlandish when he travels. Apparently, the father of two is known for spending small fortunes on trips; even when he’s only gone for a day or two.
In Rebel Prince, Bower describes him as refusing to travel without his private plane or helicopter. Once, he even spent an absurd about of money because he demanded the use of the royal train to go to a pub in the English town of Penrith.
Next: Nothing for lunch
What’s for lunch?
The prince is a creature of habit, which is why his chef travels with him at all times. Smith explained, “For breakfast each morning he has a handful of his specially mixed wheat germ and cereal grains, with honey and preserves on a silver tray, a few pieces of fruit, and tea. He never eats lunch.”
Next: The perfect egg
Eggs and martinis
Like his breakfast choices, the prince is pretty steadfast about what he eats for dinner. In Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life Smith writes that he enjoys, “Salad with a soft-boiled egg. And a dry martini. If invited to dinner, his security team carried the martini in a special case.”
This might seem like a simple order but don’t be fooled, the prince must have his eggs boiled for exactly three minutes. In fact, the chef usually boils several batches and disposes of the ones that don’t make the cut.
Next: Gifts galore
The royal family is gifted tons of strange and beautiful things each year, and Prince Charles has been tasked with accepting them on behalf of the queen.
According to Mental Floss, in 2013, the prince alone received a silk tie, a portable water filtration kit, and a bag of dried organic apple rings among many other things.
Next: A messy office
A man and his messes
Since the prince has had everything done for him since the beginning of his life, he can’t organize things on his own if his life depended on it. Smith explains, “His is office is wildly disorganized and his thinking often is, too.”
However, because Prince Charles is willing to bend some royal rules, his various charities and business — which include a line of organic products and a restaurant — have been highly successful.
Next: Snubbing the iPad
A disdain for technology
Apparently, the future King of England isn’t exactly a fan of iPads and smartphones. According to Smith, his disdain for and unwillingness to use technology has often caused chaos at Clarence House.
Smith alleges, “The prince makes it even more arduous for his employees to conduct their business by eschewing modern technology for an onslaught of haphazard, handwritten memos, and has no qualms about calling on his attendants at any hour of the day.”
Next: Hundreds of engagements
The busiest royal
The prince might have his shortcomings, but he takes his role seriously and has a deep and genuine concern for others. Bower suggests that Prince Charles is the busiest royal. In 2017, he carried out 546 engagements, including 172 abroad.
We guess we would want our favorite toilet paper if we traveled that much too.
Next: Magic tricks
We’re not sure if Prince Charles is still a practicing magician, as he has seemingly moved on to other hobbies like watercolors and writing. However, Mental Floss reports that in 1975 Prince Charles became a member of the Magic Circle, a society of stage magicians founded in London in 1905. He passed his audition with a “cup and balls” trick.
We wonder if he’s showed his tricks to his grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Next: The art of hosting
Quite the host
In addition to traveling, Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla also host a ton of parties each year. In 2014, the couple hosted almost 6000 guests at events at their royal residences and attended 99 seminars, luncheons, and dinners in the name of duty.
That’s a lot of time to put your best foot forward.
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