New Book Claims Prince Charles Won't Travel Without His Own Toilet Seat and a Martini
A lot of things are said about members of the British royal family that may or may not be true (hey, even we are guilty of wanting to believe at least some of the hype).
Rumors about the royal family have gotten so intense that they often have to go out of their way to refute them. For example, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, recently had to do damage control when people wrongfully believed she only drank almond milk.
Now, it’s her father-in-law’s turn to try and set the record straight on the rumor that his travel demands are totally out of control.
According to Daily Mail investigative journalist Tom Bower, Prince Charles' travel requests once included transporting his entire bedroom set, orthopaedic bed and all, to visit a friend in Northern England.
Additionally, Bower claims that the future king’s staff was asked to pack a small radio, the prince’s own toilet seat, a roll of his preferred toilet paper, and his favorite bottle of Laphroaig whisky for the trip.
According to Bower, this isn’t a one-off event. In fact, he said Charles often displays different behavior in private than he does in public.
“If the Prince had to attend a function, the policeman would arrive with a flask containing a pre-mixed Martini. This would then be handed over to the host’s butler along with a special glass that Charles insisted on using,” Bower wrote. “And if he was expected to sit for a meal, the host would be informed in advance that an aide would be delivering a bag containing the Prince’s food. This was in complete contrast with the Queen, who always ate what everyone else was having.”
The idea of a prince bringing his own food to a dinner party and his own bed to a sleepover is so perfect you simply want it to be true. But, according to another Daily Mail writer, these are all just hopeful gossip-writer fantasies.
“The toilet seat story has been following him around for years even though it was a joke birthday present from his sister,” Rachel Johnson, another writer for the Daily Mail, told International Business Times. According to Johnson, Charles is once again being framed to look like “a pampered prince,” and this behavior couldn’t be further from the real Charles.
OK, so maybe he doesn’t travel with his own toilet seat, but honestly, is that any worse than the Queen refusing to travel without a piece of her favorite chocolate cake?