Prince Charles may be overshadowed by his mother Queen Elizabeth II and his sons Princes William and Harry, but that’s not to say that Prince Charles doesn’t have an interesting story of his own.
Although Prince Charles may have earned a bad reputation during his marriage to Princess Diana of Wales, over time the public has learned to love him for all his quirky ways; no matter how strange they may seem. For years there have been rumours swirling about Prince Charles’ pickiness like having a servant to help him squeeze his toothpaste tube, for instance) but are these rumours really true?
Here are nine funny facts about Prince Charles:
1. His car runs on English wine
Apparently Charles runs his 39-year-old Aston Martin (which was given as a 21st birthday gift from his mum) on bio-fuel made from surplus English wine. He also has his Jaguars, Audi and Range Rovers run on 100% biodiesel made from used cooking oil.
2. He was the first British royal heir to earn a degree
Prince Charles became the first heir of the Royal Family to earn a university degree in 1971. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University’s Trinity College, and he also earned his master’s from the same school in 1975.
3. He has a really long royal name
His full official title is:
His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
Try repeating that ten times.
4. He’s horrible at giving gifts
Apparently in 2003 the Prince sent a bottle of Scotch to Ozzy Osbourne as a get-well present…the only problem is that Ozzy is a recovering alcoholic. Naturally Ozzy’s wife Sharon wasn’t too pleased with the gift.
5. He only stood up to his father once
Word on the street is that Prince Charles’ father Prince Philip can be quite a stubborn man, so it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise that Prince Charles has only stood up to him once during his lifetime. Apparently it happened many years ago when the two were arguing, and Charles shot back with “Remember who you are speaking to: a future King.” – Yikes!
6. He’s a children’s book author
Believe it or not, back in 1980 Prince Charles penned (and published) a children’s book titled The Old Man Of Lochnager, which he originally wrote or his younger brother Prince Edward.
7. He’s a distant relative of Dracula
OK so he’s not really a distant relative of Dracula, but he is a distant relative of Vlad the Impaler (or Romania’s Vlad Tepes), the 15th century nobleman who became the inspiration for Bram Storker’s Dracula story.
8. He’s a picky eater (to say the least)
Not only does he insist on having his eggs boiled for exactly seven minutes, he also asks that to have tea, muffins and seven boiled eggs served to him everyday between 4 and 5 p.m.
But his pickiness doesn’t just stop there: He also asks his chefs to put poached eggs on top of every meal, steam his vegetables in a specific type of mineral water, and make his orange and damson gin from the fruits grown at Highgrove.
9. He sleeps in the nude
…Now try and get rid of that mental image before it scars your brain