Prince Charles ridiculed for bizarre pampered requests

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer


He’s first in line to become the King of England and if a new documentary is to be believed, Prince Charles is already acting like he sits on the throne.

According to Amazon Prime’s new documentary Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm, Prince Charles lives a very privileged life at Clarence House, with staff calling him the ‘pampered prince’.

“Everything is done for him,” Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell says in the documentary.

According to Amazon Prime’s new documentary Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm, Prince Charles lives a very privileged life at Clarence House, with staff calling him the ‘pampered prince’. Photo: Getty Images

“His pyjamas are pressed every morning, his shoe laces are pressed flat with an iron, the bath plug has to be in a certain position, and the water temperature has to be just tepid.”

Paul Burrell even claims that he “has his valets squeeze one inch of toothpaste onto his toothbrush every morning.”

“On one occasion, he rang me from his library and he said, ‘Oh Paul, a letter from the Queen seems to have fallen into my wastepaper bin. Would you pick it out?’” Paul says.

Tom Bowers book, Rebel Prince, The Power, Passion And Defiance Of Prince Charles, which was released in March, also offers an insight into the prince’s supposed bizarre demands.

Over 120 people were interviewed for the book, with one claiming that if Prince Charles was attending a dinner party at a friend’s house, ‘the host would be informed in advance that an aide would be delivering a bag containing the Prince’s food’.

It’s also claimed in the book that the Prince brings his own toilet seat with him when he travels and changes his clothes five times a day.

The book even claims that Prince Charles had no idea what cling film was until he asked staff to leave out food for him to eat at night.

“Fearing the worst, Camilla dashed in after him. ‘What’s this?’ asked her husband, pointing at the food,” the book reads.

“‘It’s cling film, darling,’ she replied.”

And in 2015, it was reported that the prince would only speak to the media if they had signed a 15-page contract.

It’s even rumoured that Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, has begun to mimic her husband’s demands and brings her own drink with her when she travels, so there’s no fear of either of them being spiked. Photo: Getty Images

The contract reportedly stated that Clarence House would have the rights to edit the work and if they weren’t happy with the content, they could block it from broadcast completely.

It’s even rumoured that Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, has begun to mimic her husband’s demands and brings her own drink with her when she travels, so there’s no fear of either of them being spiked.

It was also recently revealed that ironing a single bed sheet for the British royal family can take up to one hour, with not a crease expected to be in sight after those solid 60 minutes.

A segment from the Queen of the World documentary showed what went into ensuring Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s bed linen was in fine form for their trip to Canada where they stayed at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

“There are special sheets that are used for members of the royal family and they’re kept aside and brought out on only those special occasions when they’re here,” master of the household, Christine MacIntyre explained in the segment.

“It takes over an hour to iron one sheet…. After a long day of travelling there’s nothing better than getting into a bed that doesn’t feel like a hotel bed.

“And that’s what you’re trying to do, is to make it feel like they’re in their own bedroom and they are.”

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