PRINCE CHARLES is known for being a deep-thinker and Sir Winston Churchill noted that the heir was becoming a bit of a philosopher even at an early age.
Charles was seen as being quite “sensitive” in his youth compared to his much tougher father, Prince Philip. Over the years he has developed a reputation for deep thinking, and has loved books for most of his life. Additionally, he has always been much more in touch with his emotions than the older generation of the Royal Family seemed to be.
Writing for Vanity Fair back in 2017, royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith explained how the Prince of Wales had made an impact on the wartime Prime Minister even when he was a toddler.
She wrote: “Eager to please, [Charles] plodded diligently through his lesson but was easily distracted and dreamy.”
Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “he is young to think so much”, after seeing Charles before his fourth birthday.
Ms Bedell Smith continued: “Charles was sensitive from the start, and his finely tuned antennae were susceptible to slights and rebukes.”
Prince Charles and Sir Winston Churchill (Image: Getty)
Charles with Princess Anne, the Queen and Sir Winston Churchill (Image: Getty)
She explained how a particular incident reflected his vulnerable nature when Charles was just eight and he visited Lord Louis Mountbatten’s home.
Edwina Mountbatten told him it was best not to take the stems from his wild strawberries out, as it makes it easier to dip the fruit in sugar.
His cousin Pamela Hick then claimed “the poor child was trying to put all the stems back on” in response.
She concluded: “That was so sad, and so typical of how sensitive he was.”
Churchill commented that Charles was “young to think so much” (Image: Getty)
Queen, Charles, Anne and Winston Churchill at Waterloo Station to welcome home the Queen Mother (Image: PA)
Ms Bedell Smith explained: “As Philip watched these traits emerging, he worried that Charles could become weak and vulnerable, so he set about toughening him up.”
Charles was abruptly sent to a boarding school in Hampshire, called Cheam School.
Yet, as the royal biographer pointed out: “He suffered from acute homesickness, clutching his teddy bear and weeping frequently in private.”
Philip then decided he should go to Gordonstoun School in Scotland, which was his own alma mater.
Philip came to believe that Charles needed his character building up (Image: Getty)
Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames became good friends with Charles (Image: Getty)
He wanted to help Charles “build up his character”, although some believe the Prince of Wales ended resenting the school as he found it too difficult.
However, Charles became much happier when he entered his twenties.
He also became close friends with Sir Winston’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames.
From the age of 12, the two had been close — Charles was even the best man at his wedding back in 1981.
The Queen and Churchill were close throughout his premiership (Image: Getty)
He was invited to be Charles’ equerry too, from 1970 to 1972 and still remains a close friend today.
Charles was even invited on a tour of Sir Winston’s bedroom when it opened up to the public for the first time back in 2017, too.
According to the Telegraph, Charles said it was “splendid” to see old black and white photographs of himself meeting Sir Winston at Balmoral back in 1955.
He added that he remembered meeting the former Prime Minister vividly.
He commented: “I love all these old pictures. Just wonderful.”
Sir Winston had been exceptionally close to the Queen when Charles was just a toddler, as he was in Downing Street when the Queen ascended the throne back in 1952.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK