PRINCE CHARLES has a “fearsome temper” and has even made members of the Royal Family “break down and cry”, according to a former Palace aide.
Prince Charles has returned from his royal tour of New Zealand, and made his way straight to Sandringham after touching down, where he is said to be in talks with Prince Philip after Prince Andrew’s resignation from royal duties last week. The Prince of Wales’ trip has largely been overshadowed by his brother’s no notorious interview with BBC’s Newsnight, and his subsequent withdrawal from royal life. Although the Queen demanded that Andrew step down, Prince Charles is widely believed to have thrown his weight behind the decision, too.
Although the Prince has shown that he can take firm control of the Royal Family in crisis situations such as this, royal insiders say that he also shows a frightening temper to get his own way – and has reduced his family to tears.
Royal biographer Penny Junor, in her 2005 book “The Firm”, writes: “The Prince of Wales is a difficult man to advise.”
The author spoke with one of the Queen’s former press secretaries, who said: “The trouble with the Palace is always there are advisers and courtiers.
“Advisers are the professional civil service type, they will give impartial advice.
The Prince of Wales (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles has just returned from his royal tour of New Zealand (Image: Getty)
“The courtiers will blow with every wind that’s blowing and their main objective is to keep their job and to tell their principal person what they want to hear.
“That’s what I saw in my time, and why you have a whole lot of private secretaries to the Prince of Wales walking.
“The Prince of Wales didn’t want to hear impartial advice; he wanted to hear people agreeing and he’s always been a bit like that.
“The Prince of Wales has a fearsome temper.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall joined the prince on royal tour (Image: Getty)
“It’s never been directed at me, but I’ve seen several members of the Royal Family break down and cry in my presence over the years.
“They are human beings like everyone else, with tempers; fury in inbuilt in several of them.”
With Prince Andrew’s BBC interview going ahead last week, reportedly against Palace advice, many royal watchers also drew a parallel with Prince Charles’ decision to conduct a BBC interview in 1994, which also went ahead despite Palace misgivings.
The Prince of Wales spoke to Jonathan Dimbleby, admitting for the first time in public that he had been unfaithful to Princess Diana in their marriage.
The former Palace press secretary told Ms Junor: “His Private Secretary advised against it.
“It was madness, and everyone at Buckingham Palace thought it was a huge mistake.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was livid at the whole thing, thought it was disgusting and so infantile.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK