Brush with 2.5 cm of toothpaste and ironing of shoelaces: the signs of the apparent “manias” that King Carlos III would present

“I can’t stand this damn thing.” The anger shown on Tuesday by King Carlos III difficulties in signing a document at a ceremony at Hillsborough Castle, problems with the ink in a fountain pen, and images of orders he gave to an assistant for tasks he could perform himself brought to light signs of the apparent “manias” of the monarch, according to the testimony of some of the people who worked for him in the past, highlights the British press.

The images of the ceremony at Hillsborough Castle near Belfast, Northern Ireland, went viral on the networks: before the queen consort, Camilla, the monarch gestures to the assistant to take out the fountain pen and appears to clean the table with hands On Twitter, a BBC parody account shared the recording with the caption: “Servant must clean my desk for me. I can’t be expected to move things.”

Raised with an army of helpers around him, the king has some obsessions in his routine and is not used to performing the smallest tasks. in the documentary Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm, Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, has made revelations about Charles. “His pajamas are ironed every morning, as are his shoelaces. The toilet seat lid should always be in a certain position.”

Crowds applaud as King Charles III and Camilla, the queen consort, sign the guest book during a visit to Hillsborough Castle, Belfast, on September 13, 2022. Photo: AP

The issue of shoelaces is also mentioned in Not in Front of the Corgis: Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtainwhere former royal servant Brian Hoey writes that the prince demands that his shoelaces be ironed every time he takes them off.

If you have multiple engagements in one day, your valet places multiple ties in the car so you can change on the way. Carlos likes to wear the tie of the military organization or establishment he visits. The record is five tie changes in one day.

According to Burrell, the new king doesn’t even touch his toothpaste. Every morning, his maids must leave an inch of toothpaste on the brush. And that should be done minutes before brushing your teeth.

The head of the food service of the Prince of Wales (Charles’ title before he became king), Darren McGrady, gave information about the breakfast: “The orders were to put two plums and a little juice in a glass. He always left a plum to come back to me and I put it back in the glass. One morning I thought of putting just one. So he called me up and asked, ‘Please, do you have two?’ So I kept sending two and he would send me one back.”

According to Rebel Prince. The Power, Passion And Defiance Of Prince Charles, Tom Bower’s 2018 book, Carlos once “shrieked” and “shivered” at the sight of an unknown plastic substance covering his dinner, only for Camilla to tell him “it’s cling film, honey.” On another occasion, Bower claims the prince brought his own mattress, toilet seat, Kleenex Velvet toilet paper and two “Scottish Highland landscapes” when he visited a friend in northeast England.

Bowers says Carlos has more than 120 employees, including three servants to escort visitors to his office, “each responsible for a short segment of the corridor”; four valets to help you change your clothes up to five times a day; four gardeners who “lie down, nose down in a trailer” to pull weeds by hand, due to the prince’s hatred of pesticides; and “retired Indian servicemen…deployed to prowl the undergrowth at night with torches and pick slugs from leafy plants by hand.” The author adds that the prince arrived at functions with his own pre-mixed martinis carried by a police officer, with an aide handing over a bag containing the food he would consume.

Carlos is obsessed with public opinion, says Bower, even once throwing a plate on the floor at a dinner party after hearing about his low popularity ratings. “Mom on the way reads newspapers; I do not. I would go crazy”, he told a visitor, writes the author, who also states that Carlos had a habit of throwing objects at the radio when he “got mad about a subject… The apparatus was always being repaired”.

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