Fussy guest Prince Charles brings his own bed with him when he visits friends

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Prince Charles lives a charmed life, taking his creature comforts wherever he goes. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Prince Charles lives a charmed life, taking his creature comforts wherever he goes. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

He  may not be king yet, but Prince Charles certainly lives like one.

The Prince of Wales, who is used to living in the lap of luxury at his stately home, Clarence House, likes to keep his creature comforts close by when he travels.

In her book, The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – the Truth and the Turmoil, author Tina Brown reveals that former aide Michael Fawcett would travel ahead of the future king and bring with him the prince’s orthopaedic bed, lavatory seat, Kleenex velvet toilet paper and two landscapes of the Scottish countryside.

All this accompanies him even if it’s just for an overnight stay at a friend’s country house.

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The Prince of Wales is also fussy about what he eats, stating his menu preferences before he arrives. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

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The 73-year-old heir to the throne is also a fussy guest to feed.

He stipulates his menu preferences beforehand – unlike the queen, who always eats what is served.

The royal would sometimes arrive at a dinner with his protection officer in tow, who’d have a martini premixed and ready to be handed over to a butler who would then serve it to Charles in his own glass, Brown writes.

This isn’t the first revelation about the pampered life of the future king, who has a core staff of 50 people around him to ensure everything runs smoothly.

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The future king lives in the lap of luxury. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

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Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, said the grandfather of five “has his valets squeeze one inch of toothpaste onto his toothbrush every morning”.

“His pyjamas are pressed every morning, his shoelaces 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,” he added.

Brian Hoey, another royal biographer, revealed Charles is very strict about how he likes things done and if anyone gets anything wrong everybody is scolded.

The writer went on to say that the prince “has grown up in such a privileged lifestyle that he doesn’t have the mechanics to choose for himself anymore. So much so that absolutely everything is done for him”.


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