Royal life expectedly comes with some perks and luxuries, no one would expect otherwise – but Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, once made some extraordinary claims about how much support the newly-appointed King Charles receives every morning.
Speaking in a 2015 documentary titled Serving The Royals: Inside The Firm, Mr Burrell explained some of the painstaking preparation that Charles’ staff have to undertake.
He said: “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.
“[Charles] has his valets squeeze one inch of toothpaste onto his toothbrush every morning.”
The documentary also looked at Charles’ eating habits. It had previously been confirmed by Clarence House that Charles does not have lunch, which reportedly meant that his staff also had to miss out.
Former royal correspondent Gordon Rayner previously told The Telegraph: “Lunch is seen as a luxury that gets in the way of his work, so he eats a late breakfast and works through.
“I found this out the hard way, by going hungry when I started covering royal tours and watching enviously as his long-suffering staff produced snacks from pockets so they could eat on the go.”
In 2002, the Guardian reported that Queen Elizabeth II found her son’s large team of staff to be too much. They said Her Majesty believed that the “amount of kit and servants he takes around is grotesque.”
Former Labour MP Paul Flynn told the newspaper at the time: “Trimming down the households would be a start. Why anybody in this day and age needs that number of servants is completely beyond me. Even the president of the United States makes his own breakfast.”
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Reports over the years suggest that the King has taken on some of the criticism. It has been claimed numerous times that he planned to lead a slimmed-down monarchy when he ascended to the throne.
And just last week, the Mirror reported that Charles wants a slimmed-down monarchy as well as a cheaper coronation due to the ongoing cost of living crisis.
A source told the newspaper: “The King is very aware of the struggles felt by modern Britons so will see his wishes carried through that although his coronation ceremony should stay right and true to the long-held traditions of the past, it should also be representative of a monarchy in a modern world.”
They added: “He has already spoken of his wish to continue his mother’s legacy and this includes continuing to recognise what the people are experiencing day by day.”
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The Telegraph has also reported that the King’s ceremony “will be shorter, sooner, smaller, less expensive and more representative of different community groups and faiths”.
These efforts by the new monarch to address criticism of the Royal Family have failed to win over some. During the mourning period for the late Queen, Republican protest was seen around the UK.
While support for the monarchy has been boosted following the Queen’s death, YouGov polling shows that the King could struggle to secure the long-term future of the monarchy.
The survey found that just 47 percent of 18-to 24-year-olds say Britain should continue to have a monarchy. In 2015, this figure stood at 69 percent. Before the Queen’s death, an average of 35 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds wanted to keep the monarchy.