Prince Charles suffered the ‘absolute hell’ of bullying as a child and received little sympathy from his father Prince Philip.
Charles, alongside Princess Diana, bucked royal tradition by sending William and Harry to the nursery. Then, we saw them happily established at Eton, near the Queen at Windsor.
However, his own education was not so happy. But, his father Prince Philip was ‘left unmoved’ by the Prince of Wales’ plight. Royal author, Penny Junor in her 2017 biography: ‘The Duchess: The Untold Story’, reveals how Charles went through the ‘absolute hell’ of bullying at his boarding school as a child.
Ms Junor writes in her biography:-
“Charles’ sister, Anne was a tough proposition and the apple of her father’s eye. “But Charles, the heir, a small, shy and sensitive child, was often the victim and easily bullied. He was basically a disappointment”. In contrast to sensitive Charles, Ms Junor adds, Philip “has been known to reduce grown men to tears with his cutting remarks”.
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Charles went to a Scottish school, Gordonstoun.
Ms Junor explains how Prince Charles was ‘utterly miserable’ there. She wrote to his parents complaining of the hell of bullying. She writes: “He was kicked and punched on the rugby pitch. There, he never excelled and hit by his roommates in his dormitory at night at night for snoring”.
The Prince of Wales wrote to his parents, saying: “It’s absolute hell here most of the time. I wish I could come home”.
Ms Junor continues: “Prince Philip was unmoved by Charles’ plight. He seldom saw his son during term time. Gordonstoun had been the making of Philip when he was growing up and he was convinced it should be the making of Charles”.
Prince Philip’s relationship with his daughter Princess Anne is known to be much warmer.
In a Channel 5 documentary: ‘Paxman on the Queen’s Children’, which aired last month, Jeremy Paxman claimed that the Prince of Wales, Charles is “intimidated” by his sister, Anne.
In the programme, veteran royal aide Dickie Arbiter explained that Princess Anne takes after her father. He said: “Anne gets on with it. She is a no-nonsense lady. A bit like her dad: A chip off the old block”.