The future king, Prince Charles did not take kindly to being asked to improve his image, a tell-all biography reveals.
Prince Charles was one of the most handsome men in the UK before and even after his marriage with Diana Spencer.
One of Britain’s best and biggest style icons – and the future King of England, Prince Charles, is one of the most flamboyant royals around. Prince Charles has matched Edward VIII’s actions in many ways – as an industrious, concerned and vivacious Prince of Wales. Nonetheless, Prince Charles has discarded the other more colourful traits for which Edward is remembered for.
In such topics as dress, smoking, drinking, late-night in clubs and casinos, the Prince of Wales had studiously modelled himself into a complete contrast of Edward VIII. Royal expert and biographer Anthony Holden explained: “Style these days is an overburdened word which pinpoints the quality of Edward VIII that Prince Charles conspicuously lacks. “’If people think I am square, then I am happy to be thought square,’ Prince Charles once said.
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In Anthony Holden’s biography, “Charles, Prince of Wales”, the writer shares how, when Charles was in Australia, he was asked on whether he thought on improving his image “as if I was some sort of washing powder, probably with unique whitener”. He said: “I dare say that I could enhance it by growing my hair to a more fashionable length, being seen at the Playboy Club and squeezing myself into excruciatingly tight clothes. But I intend to go on being myself to the best of my ability.”
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The book, issued in 1979, exhibits that Charles claims his “views may be old-fashioned and out of date, but that doesn’t worry me”. Charles stated: “Fashion, by its very definition, is transitory. Human nature being what it is, what was old-fashioned at length becomes in fashion, and thus the whole process continues”. Princes of Wales have tended to be leaders of sartorial fashion.
Edward VIII, champion of the dinner jacket and the grey topper, patron of side-creased trousers and the Tyrollean hat, experienced a perpetual flow of advice and guidance on this particular subject from his parents. Mr Holden claims Prince Albert despaired of his son, saying: “Unfortunately he holds no interest in anything but clothes, and again clothes.”
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Queen Victoria took a more radical view, noting: “Dress is a trivial matter, but it gives also the outward sign from which people, in general, can and often judge upon the spiritual state of mind and feeling of a person.”
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