Prince Charles imagined himself into a complete opposite of Edward VIII and did not take kindly to being asked to improve his image.
One of Britain’s best and biggest style icons – none other than the Prince of Wales, is one of the most flamboyant royals around today.
Prince Charles has emulated Edward VIII’s achievements in many ways – as an industrious, concerned and vivacious Prince of Wales.
However, Charles has rejected the other more colourful traits.
In such matters as dress, smoking, drinking, late-night in clubs and casinos, he had studiously fashioned himself into a complete opposite of Edward VIII. Royal biographer Anthony Holden revealed:-
“Style these days is an overworked word. It actually pinpoints the quality of Edward VIII that Prince Charles conspicuously lacks”. Prince Charles once said: “If people think me square, then I am happy to be thought square”.
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In Anthony Holden’s book, ‘Charles, Prince of Wales’, the author reveals how and when Charles was in Australia. There, he was asked on whether he concentrated on improving his image “as if I was some kind of washing powder, presumably with special blue Whitner”.
To this, he said: “I dare say that I could improve it by growing my hair to a more fashionable length, being seen at the Playboy Club and squeezing myself into excruciatingly tight clothes. However, I intend to go on being myself to the best of my ability”.
There was a confidential memorandum drawn out.
In 1858, Philip drew up a confidential memorandum on princely behaviour. It was designed to equip Prince of Wales, for the position of ‘the first gentleman of the country’. In regards to appearance, one rule indicates that he will borrow nothing from the fashions of the groom.
With manners and conduct towards others, he added: “The manners and conduct of a gentleman towards others are founded on the basis of kindness, consideration and the absence of selfishness”. A book, published in 1979, reveals that Prince Charles claims his views may be old-fashioned, but that doesn’t worry him.
Prince Charles said: “Fashion, by its very definition, is transitory. Human nature being what it is, old-fashioned at length becomes in fashion, and thus the whole process repeats itself”.
Princes of Wales have tended to be leaders of sartorial fashion.
Edward VIII received a continuous flow of advice on the subject from his parents. Mr Holden claims that Prince Albert despaired of his son. Albert once said: “Unfortunately he takes no interest in anything but clothes, and again there are clothes”.
Queen Victoria took a more fundamental view. She noted: “Dress is a trifling matter. However, it gives the outward sign from which people, can and often judge upon the inward state of mind of a person”.