Prince Charles opened up about his childhood and admitted they were not his joyous days.
Being born into a wealthy family will not always ensure a great childhood. While comfort may be important, there is nothing a child craves more than love, support, and attention from their parents. Prince Charles was born into royalty but the prince, unfortunately, did not have a very happy childhood.
Prince Charles was born on November 14, 1948, to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Though he was born into privilege and riches, the future king did not have his parents around all the time to give him the affection or encouragement every child deserves. At the time, his mother Queen Elizabeth was just 22 years old. Being a princess at the time, she was away a lot on official trips or spending time with her husband, Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was an officer in the Royal Navy and stationed in Malta at the time.
According to Vanity Fair, she was present on the first birthday of the prince but soon after left for foreign trips. Apart from missing his mother from time to time, Charles also did not get to see his father much, especially during his first two years, because he was stationed outside.
But things changed when he returned. Little Charles was introduced to fishing and swimming in Buckingham Palace pool, and shooting as well. However, what seemed like fun activities to Philip did not give Charles any joy.
Speaking of his childhood experiences for an authorized biography, the prince opened up to Jonathan Dimbleby. He admitted that his experiences were not joyful and they could not be necessarily good memories. Charles often felt bullied and criticized by his own father.
The biographer added that Charles was "easily cowed by the forceful personality of his father." He stated that his rebukes often ended up with Charles in tears. "A deficiency in behavior or attitude... easily drew tears," wrote the biographer. The biographer further added that Philip was "well-meaning but unimaginative."
Though Philip was the same to Charles' siblings, they looked at it differently. Princess Anne never took her father's harsh words into the heart and brushed it off right away. But, Charles was not an extrovert like Anne. He was a sensitive child, who got disheartened and demotivated by his father's words.
However, it was not just his father. Charles faced similar experiences from his mother. She was "not indifferent so much as detached," revealed the prince.
In addition to everything at home, Charles found himself struggling at school too. His peers did not care if he was the future king and the young boy was often bullied by other children. The prince, who was initially home-schooled did not receive a great welcome at Hill House School in London, then Cheam. His peers called him "protruding ears" and "fatty prince," according to Vanity Fair.
According to Good House Keeping, his father thought he was too "soft." So, Philip decided to switch schools and sent Charles to his alma mater, Gordonstoun in 1962. He thought it would build his character. His experience at the new school was not any better according to the claims.
The Netflix series The Crown showed that the prince had a difficult time at the school in Scotland. There have also been accounts from the prince himself calling the school an "absolute hell." Meanwhile, speaking to the Telegraph, he stated, "It [Gordonstoun] was only tough in the sense that it demanded more of you as an individual than most other schools did — mentally or physically. I am lucky in that I believe it taught me a great deal about myself and my own abilities and disabilities."
Eventually, Charles did learn to develop a thick skin. He went off to college and then he met and fell in love with Camilla. The prince was head over heels for her but the British Royal household did not consider her worthy enough to be the wife of a future king.
The helpless prince eventually married Diana and ended their relationship after a whirlwind of scandals. 10 years after the death of Diana, Charles united with the woman he fell in love with years ago.
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