King Charles III has been in the spotlight since his accession to the British throne. People are curious about everything about him, from what he eats and does in his free time to the music he likes. According to the New York Post, King Charles “brings his own toilet seat and Kleenex Velvet toilet paper wherever he goes.”
“Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm”, a 2015 documentary, revealed details about the monarch.
Paul Burrell, a butler to Charles’ late wife, Princess Diana, as well as the Queen, revealed that Charles had specific instructions for ironing his shoelaces.
Burrell said: “His pajamas are ironed every morning, his shoelaces are flat ironed with an iron, the tub stopper has to be in a certain position and the water temperature has to be just lukewarm and the tub half full.”
The king “even asks his valets to squeeze an inch of toothpaste on his toothbrush every morning”, he added, according to a report by ANI.
When it comes to his eating habits and schedule, he prefers healthier breakfast options. According to the New York Post, a former member of the royal staff, chef Graham Newbould, the king “has a healthier option”. “He would have homemade bread, a bowl of fresh fruit and fresh juice,” former royal chef Graham Newbould said. ”
“Wherever the prince goes in the world, the breakfast box goes with him,” he added. He has six different types of honey, special mueslis, his dried fruits and anything a bit special that he is a bit picky about.
Over the past few days, various videos of King Charles III being angry with staff over small things like a leaky pen or things on the table have gone viral. Netizens have expressed their dissatisfaction with the “spoiled” nature of the new king.
During his accession ceremony on Saturday, September 10 at St. James’s Palace, a video of King Charles III making angry gestures towards his aide to clean the office was recorded and it went viral in no time. Another, more recent clip shows King Charles irritated by a leaking pen while visiting Northern Ireland as part of the UK tour to mourn the Queen.
People are unimpressed with King Charles’ ‘manners’ as he let out his frustration when pen ink leaked out as he signed a guestbook at Hillsborough Castle, near Belfast. Although his wife and Queen Consort Camilla were there to help him, the King was filmed saying, “I can’t stand this bloody stuff…every time stinky,” before walking away. Netizens were quick to notice how the UK’s new king doesn’t seem to have much luck with fountain pens.
Never a popular royal
Not only that, King Charles, during his life, was involved in many scandals. Charles has been a controversial royal over the years, from his affair while married to Princess Diana, and alleged ongoing political interference, to the occasional gaffe and scandal involving aides.
Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son has never enjoyed the same public affection as his mother, which may add to the challenges he now faces as king. He has battled a series of public relations headaches stretching back decades, including accusations of being cold to his ever-popular first wife Diana.
Despite better press more recently, the tabloids had become accustomed to shooting him for appearing aloof and aloof. He has also been accused of interfering in politics on various topics spanning architecture, homeopathy and climate change.
And in 2021 his most trusted aide stepped down for the second time in his career as a royal courtier amid controversy.
“I think it’s all damaging, from ‘The Crown’ to reality to everything that’s going on,” royal author Penny Junor said in late 2021, as a cash for honors scandal involving the Charles’ charitable empire broke.
“None of this is good news. The queen is much loved, Charles is less so. I think it will be difficult for him no matter what, but all these revelations are not helping him.”
Charles has courted controversy for speaking out and appearing to lobby politicians privately on various controversial public issues, from health to the environment.
In a now infamous series of letters between himself and government ministers, known as the “black spider” memos because of its scribbled handwriting, Charles questioned them on a range of topics.
Made public in 2015 after a decade-long legal battle by The Guardian newspaper, they included the fate of Patagonian toothfish and its famous modernist building plans.
Charles’s opposition to a bold new design first came to public attention in 1984 when he compared plans to alter the National Gallery in London to adding “monstrous anthrax to the face of a very beloved and elegant friend”.
The disclosure of the ‘black spider’ letters sparked a backlash against the then-future king and concerns that he was overstepping his role.
However, in a 2018 interview marking his 70th birthday, Charles insisted he had never directly dabbled in party politics and understood the difference between being Prince of Wales and a monarch.
Cash for honors
More recently, Charles has been embroiled in an alleged honors money scandal.
A series of newspaper revelations claimed his close aides coordinated work to grant royal honor and even British citizenship to a Saudi businessman who had donated large sums to restoration projects of special interest for Charles.
Michael Fawcett, his former valet who rose through the ranks to become chief executive of his charitable foundation, resigned in 2021 following the launch of an internal investigation into the accusations.
It was the latest claim to tarnish Fawcett – and, by association, Charles.
In 2003, Fawcett resigned after being accused of breaking palace rules and accepting valuable royal benefits.
He was later cleared of allegations of financial misconduct over the sale of unwanted royal gifts, but an internal report found several members of Charles’ family guilty of “serious misconduct”.
With contributions from AFP
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