'It was pure hell': King Charles was bullied in boarding school and was offered no aid from royal family
LONDON, ENGLAND: Christopher Anderson, the author of 'The King: The Life of Charles III', shared a glimpse of King Charles' lonesome childhood in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight's Rachel Smith on Tuesday, November 1. From revealing details about Charles' previous teddy bear to tracking down his anger issues which he allegedly developed due to his neglected childhood, Anderson gave a lot of insight.
The new monarch went to the Scottish boarding school where he was ruthlessly bullied by his peers and described the experience as "pure hell." Charles pleaded to his parents for a bailout from the school. However, no assistance was offered. "What he went through is really quite alarming. As a boy, as a young man, he was routinely beaten by older students, hung up naked in a shower and sprayed with cold water, and left there. He was pummelled and wrestled to the ground," Andersen stated.
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"He wrote these pleading letters to his parents to please take him out of the school... By today's standards, it would be akin to hazing or child abuse frankly, and yet his parents turned a blind eye to it. I think that caused a tremendous resentment," he continued.
Anderson later mentions Charles' temperament which he describes as "very moody." "He has a volcanic temper, in fact, he's very capable of flying into rages," he said. The author blames Charles' hothead demeanor on his upbringing with his parents. "So much about Charles you could really trace back to his childhood, which was heartbreakingly lonely. Charles has described his relationship with his mother [by saying] that she was cold and aloof, that his father was a bully who hectored him, who made him cry in front of other people, physically bullied him," Anderson claimed.
"I think it's very telling that Charles only spent as a boy... two 15-minute periods a day with his parents. When he had a tonsillectomy when he had a very bad case of the flu, when he fell down the stairs and broke his ankle, when he had an emergency appendectomy at the age of 13, neither his mother or his father visited him in the hospital," he further revealed.
The royal biographer also talked about Charles' "howl of anguish" after he heard the news of Princess Diana's death a year after their divorce in 1997. "Most people would be surprised how emotional he became when he learned about Diana's death. They had started to mend the relationship to some degree. They finally, after years of warring famously in the newspapers... had reached a sort of a truce," he said.
"When... he got the news over the phone that Diana had died, he let out this wail that was described by one of his servants as a howl of anguish... This was the mother of his children, so on that level he appreciated it," Anderson continued.
Charles later married Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005 who is called the "love of his life," according to ET. Undoubtedly, Diana was a crowd favorite and thus, Charles is aware that he and his wife could be portrayed as villains by the British people following the death of the Princess of Wales. "I think the biggest task facing Charles right now is selling Camilla to the British people. Now there’s even talk of him getting rid of the consort aspect, so she will be Queen Camilla... Selling the British people on this is one thing, [but] it's quite another to watch that crown being placed on her head next to Charles when they have the coronation in May. That's gonna turn a lot of people off," he stated.