King Charles was attached to his childhood teddy bear well into adulthood, according to a new book.
In the biography “The King: The Life of Charles III,” out Nov. 8, Christopher Andersen writes that the now-king’s former trusted valet, Michael Fawcett, was in charge of caring for the stuffed animal — when Charles was in his forties. Anytime the toy needed mending, the royal’s former nanny Mabel Anderson was brought out of retirement to make the necessary repairs.
According to a former valet, the retired nanny “was the only human being allowed to take needle and thread to Prince Charles’ teddy bear. He was well into his forties, and every time that teddy needed to be repaired, you would think it was his own child having major surgery,” Andersen writes.
Valet Fawcett was also in charge of squeezing toothpaste onto the then-Prince of Wales’ monogrammed toothbrush, shaving his face, helping him put on trousers and lacing up his shoes. He laid out the royal’s pajamas and turned down his bed nightly.
The gardening staff at Charles’ Highgrove estate were expected to live up to his exacting standards as well.
The head gardener, Andersen writes, woke up every day to a list of “instructions and complaints written by his boss in red ink.”
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The then-prince would stand on his porch and, if not happy with the job being done by landscapers, allegedly bark orders at them through a green megaphone.
“For someone who said he was bullied as a child, Prince Charles clearly enjoyed bullying us,” a Highgrove staffer told Andersen. “He could be pleasant and courteous, but just as much of the time, he was moody and mean. He didn’t think twice about shouting insults at you if you put a foot wrong.”
Another former valet, Ken Stronach — who was, for many years, in charge of hand-washing the prince’s underwear and tucking him into bed with his beloved teddy — concurred.
Stronach claims in the book to have seen Charles, in the midst of an argument with his then-wife, Princess Diana, grab a heavy wooden bootjack and throw it at her, narrowly missing her head.
Another time, Charles, who was staying at a posh friend’s villa in the South of France, allegedly grew enraged when he accidentally lost one of his cufflinks down a bathroom sink.
“Flying into a blind rage, he pulled the sink off the wall, then smashed it, looking for the cufflink,” Andersen writes. “Unable to find the missing jewelry, a wild-eyed Prince of Wales spun around and grabbed his valet by the throat. Stronach broke free, darted out a side door — and into a linen closet. Terrified, he huddled there for thirty minutes before he could hear Charles leave the bathroom.”
Charles’ temper tantrums allegedly extended to his tight social circle.
“Once, while a guest at a friend’s country home, Charles wanted some fresh air,” Andersen writes. “Unable to open the window, he picked up a chair and smashed it open. Not satisfied with the results, he smashed another.”
As Stronach notes, “You have to understand. The prince is used to getting what he wants. And he wanted some fresh air.”
Charles had very specific requirements when it came to breakfast, according to the book.
A former servant reveals in the book that Charles’ breakfast tray had to “contain a cup and saucer to the right with a silver spoon pointing outward at an angle of five o’clock. Butter must come in three balls and be chilled. The royal toast is always in a silver rack, never on a plate,” Andersen writes. “Assorted jams, jellies, marmalades, and honey are served on a separate silver tray.”
Charles’ dinner almost always included a green salad with a soft-boiled egg, but the eggs proved challenging for the kitchen staff.
“Chefs in the royal kitchen normally prepared several three-minute eggs before being satisfied that one had been cooked to meet the prince’s standards of softness,” writes Andersen. “The rejects were discarded.”
In 2018, the Palace issued a statement denying that Charles rejected six eggs for every one he ate.