Home Alone, The Royal Version: Unhappy Childhood For Prince Charles

Home Alone, The Royal Version: Unhappy Childhood For Prince Charles

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August 29, 2018 16:36 By Fabiosa

Prince Charles always seems to look quite happy: He smiles and jokes, getting prepared to ascend to the British throne. However, the childhood of the future monarch, and Queen Elizabeth’s first-born, wasn’t so cloudless as it may seem at first glance.

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The Prince of Wales was born on November 14, 1948, and spent the first weeks of his life surrounded with maternal love. However, everything changed drastically very soon.

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Princess Elizabeth quickly returned to her duties, and started leaving the boy with nannies, while visiting various events around the country, and abroad. This was considered quite an ordinary experience. This tradition was first violated by Princess Diana when she went on tour with William, who was less than a year old.

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Prince Philip tried to find time to communicate with his son, but he didn’t always succeed. He took the boy with him for fishing or hunting, but they didn’t get on very well. Growing up with nannies and his grandmother, Charles seemed too soft for Philip, and the Duke of Edinburgh sometimes used very cruel methods for developing masculine qualities. He often criticized his son, who always tried to do his best to meet the requirements.

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Charles doesn’t talk a lot about his childhood. Mostly, he likes sharing the best memories about his grandmother. In particular, how he was carried away by gardening at her Royal Lodge residence. Charles felt particularly calm among the trees, vegetable beds, and flowers. Since childhood, he began to take care of plants, and his greatest fear was the thought of this oasis turning into wasteland.

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When it was time for the grown-up prince to go to school, he entered the London Hill House, and afterward – the school in Cheam. Charles never had a lot of friends in any of these schools. The protruding ears and excess weight made others mock him, despite the royal origin.

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In 1962, Prince Philip transferred his son to the boarding school Gordonstoun, where he used to study himself. Charles soon called this time an "imprisonment" – morning jogging, cold showers, open windows in the classrooms and bedrooms evoked negative associations. He hardly ever slept because his snoring made his peers beat him. Other children laughed at his habits and his royal origin.

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Philip didn’t want to listen to his son’s complaints. However, we shouldn’t blame Charles’ father for the cruel youth years. The Duke’s childhood was even more difficult. He grew up far from his parents, constantly moving and changing schools. He hardly ever stayed with the same people for long, and he also witnessed many deaths of his relatives and friends. Sport and military service were his only hobbies. World War II finally shaped his mindset.

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Later, Charles stated he didn’t feel enough caring from his parents as a child. However, Princess Anne quickly contradicted his words. Although the Queen and her husband often visited official events and spent little time embracing their young children, both parents grew up in the similar atmosphere. Philip was afraid of spoiling the children with luxury and power, while Elizabeth simply didn’t have enough time. However, like all the parents, they tried to show as much care and love as they could in case something went wrong with their beloved ones.

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During Prince Charles's childhood, his parents were busy with their new responsibilities. Perhaps, this was the reason he couldn’t find himself, and was known as a rebellious prince. Do you think he would have become a different person if his parents had been with him during his childhood years? Share your opinions in the comments.

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