No matter occurred to King Charles’ “beloved” stuffed animal Teddy? Christopher Andersen claims to know the reality.
The bestselling writer has written a brand new guide about Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son, “The King: The Lifetime of Charles III.” Andersen spoke to quite a few palace insiders and those that’ve identified the previous Prince of Wales or labored with him intently over time.
His purpose was to additional examine the 74-year-old’s “lonely” childhood, navy coaching and a number of other scandals surrounding his relationships that rocked the Home of Windsor.
Within the guide, Andersen claimed that Charles’ childhood toy traveled with him properly into his 40s. And each time Teddy misplaced a button or “started to fray,” Charles’ former nanny, Mabel Anderson, was referred to as upon to convey him again to well being.
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“He nonetheless has Teddy,” Andersen instructed Fox Information Digital. “As a matter of reality, Mabel Anderson … was the one one that was allowed to fix this bear for many years and many years. And solely just lately has she stopped. She’s nonetheless alive and nonetheless very near Charles for those who can imagine it. [And] he travels with this teddy bear.”
A former assistant valet instructed Andersen the beloved nanny “was the one human being allowed to take needle and thread to Prince Charles’ teddy bear. He was properly into his 40s, and each time that teddy bear wanted to be repaired, you’ll assume it was his personal baby having main surgical procedure.”
Andersen mentioned Teddy is extremely symbolic of Charles’ childhood. His mom, then-Princess Elizabeth, was topped queen in 1953. 4-year-old Charles obtained a hand-painted invitation to the ceremony. The prince, a shy boy with a domineering father, grew right into a generally awkward, understated man. Some sources claimed that, as a baby, Charles was additionally bullied by his classmates as his mother and father immersed themselves into their royal roles.
“The teddy bear is symbolic of a lot,” Andersen defined. “I all the time return to this one incident [from his childhood], and I feel it speaks volumes. … [His mother had] been away for six months touring the Commonwealth, her first journey overseas. And he or she will get off the ship, and he rushes as much as her, and she or he form of shoves him apart. That is caught on newsreel. You may see it.
“And he or she greets the grownup dignitaries and whatnot. After which, when she lastly acknowledges him, she reaches down and shakes his hand. Doesn’t hug or kiss him. And also you distinction that with [Princess] Diana in the best way that she scooped up [her] boys each time she was round. [She] hugged them, kissed them, very affectionate. So Diana actually injected the household with this sort of humanity that by no means was there earlier than.”
“I interviewed Margaret Rhodes, who was the cousin to the queen and really shut [to her],” Andersen shared. “She mentioned the connection between Charles and his mother and father was by no means cozy as a result of the household isn’t set as much as be cozy. And I feel that was very revealing.”
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Based on Andersen, Diana as soon as instructed a journalist good friend, “Charles was so lonely as a boy. He’s by no means gotten over it.”
Andersen mentioned he was delighted to be taught that Teddy isn’t the one accent that’s mentioned to hitch Charles throughout his travels. Andersen claimed in his guide that the king’s valet should carry his hand towels, Kleenex Premium Consolation model luxurious bathroom paper and a custom-made white leather-based cushioned bathroom seat. Charles allegedly additionally makes use of his personal plates and utensils, and a chef accompanies him to arrange separate dishes.
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“We used to joke that he was afraid of being poisoned,” a longtime good friend claimed to Andersen. “However he actually is simply accustomed to getting exactly what he needs when he needs it, no matter how that makes different individuals really feel.”
Andersen additionally says the king prefers a dry martini, and salt have to be served in a small silver bowl together with his crest, by no means a shaker. He famous that whereas Charles himself denied touring together with his personal bathroom seat in 2018, “a number of royal safety officers and employees” insisted he does.
“He additionally travels with an ice dice tray that solely makes spherical ice cubes,” Andersen claimed. “He insists on spherical ice cubes as a result of sq. ones make an excessive amount of noise. The Queen Mom did the identical factor, and the queen did the identical factor. … When he reveals up at somebody’s home for a cocktail party, he brings his personal chef to make a separate meal for him. He has a really fascinating, quirky way of life. … [He’s] a really multidimensional character.”
Andersen described Charles as “a piece in progress.”
“I feel all of us knew who the queen was,” he defined. “She knew who she was, however he’s nonetheless very a lot a piece in progress. He’s far more difficult than individuals assume. He’s far more delicate than individuals assume. And, on the similar time, he’s going to take the bull by the horns. I feel he actually intends to rework the monarchy, modernize it.
“He referred to as it ‘slimming it down,’ and which means kicking some individuals off the royal payroll. So we’ll see how that works. … However in the long run, all of it comes right down to his childhood, which I feel is so touching and so heartbreaking. … I feel that’s the important thing to the form of king he’s and can turn out to be.”
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A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information Digital’s request for remark. Nevertheless, a spokesperson beforehand instructed Fox Information Digital “we don’t touch upon such books.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.