King Charles jokes about viral 'pengate' incident, says 'these things are so temperamental'

King Charles jokes about viral 'pengate' incident, says 'these things are so temperamental'
King Charles III joked about the viral pen ink leak incident (Andrew Milligan/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: King Charles III is able to chuckle at his own jokes and antics. On Monday, the 73-year-old King made a joke behind closed doors about problematic writing instruments, which appears to be a throwback to an earlier viral event involving inaccurate writing equipment. A video indicated that the king made the remark when he was signing a guest book at a council meeting in Scotland. After signing the book, he then passed the pen to his wife, Queen Consort Camilla. “These things are so temperamental,” he joked.

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Given his history of viral mishaps with faulty pens, it would appear that His Majesty is in on the joke. On September 13, only days after becoming king, he was signing documents at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland when his pen began leaking ink.

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A royal editor on Twitter wrote, "There was also a light-hearted moment where we think the king jokingly referred to pen-gate, remarking how ‘temperamental’ these writing implements can be."


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“Oh God, I hate this,” he said at the time, handing the pen to his wife. Camilla replied, "Oh look, it’s going everywhere. "I can’t bear this bloody thing what they do, every stinking time," the King said, before storming out of the room. 

Just prior to signing the Accession Proclamation, Prince Charles was involved in yet another writing tool related viral moment, this time involving a pen box and an inkwell. This occurred in the initial moments of his reign as monarch. Since the artifacts appeared to be in the way, the King urgently requested that his advisors move them out of the way.

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On Monday, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla made their first public appearance together since Queen Elizabeth II's death. They did so in Scotland, which was their first stop after the funeral of the late monarch. 

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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, at her Balmoral estate in Scotland, Prince Charles immediately became the new King, Prime Minister Liz Truss named the monarch King Charles III in an address on September 8 evening. Buckingham Palace announced the news that "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. Charles immediately assumed the throne after his mother’s passing and was officially proclaimed the new monarch on Saturday, September 10. 

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