During her reign, Elizabeth II had a motto: “Never explain, never complain.” In French, “never justify yourself, never complain”. With his son, King Charles III, things seem less obvious. Less than a week after his accession to the throne, the new monarch has already left several times he shows signs of annoyance, even anger. Often for trivial things, like Tuesday 13 September, when she lost patience with a pen that she had the misfortune to leak … Franceinfo rewinds these sequences.
He asks us to vacate his office
On Saturday 10 September, at the time of signing his oath at St. James’s Palace in London, the new king is annoyed by the presence on his desk of an inkwell and a pen holder. In the images we see him frantically shaking his hand so that an assistant steals objects from his view.
While signing an oath to the Accession Council, King Charles III ran out of the room and motioned for an aide to help make some desk space. https://t.co/zRfXNO1crQ pic.twitter.com/Fl5Ge24EZY
– ABC News (@ABC) September 10, 2022
He gets annoyed with a leaking pen
Three days later, Tuesday 13 September, Charles III appears annoyed again during his visit to Northern Ireland. In doubt this time, a pen he loses. As he prepares to sign the guest book at Hillsborough Castle near Belfast, he jumps out of his chair when he sees ink running down his hand. “Oh my God, I can’t stand this damn stuff“swears in front of cameras. “Look, lose everywhere”Commentswe get married, the queen consort Camilla, while the king cleans himself with a handkerchief.
“I can’t stand this damn thing!”: King Charles’ signing ceremony at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland made one thing clear: even royalty can’t escape the frustration of an inadequate pen. pic.twitter.com/nzygNTLslX
—CBS News (@CBSNews) September 13, 2022
He would consider firing his former princely staff
Already saddened by the death of Elizabeth II, the employees of Clarence House, the home of the former prince-turned-king, could also lose his job. According to The Guardian (link in English), about a hundred of them received a letter of dismissal. “Charles’ private secretaries, finance department, communications team and household staff received a letter from Sir Clive Alderton, the king’s chief adviser, telling them that changes were coming that some might see firing. “, writes the newspaper. It is specified in this letter that some positions are not “It’s not necessary any more”.
LThe document mentions that these layoffs will not occur for three months and that the allowances will be “improved“. This does not prevent the public services union from citing an advertisement “heartless”, in the midst of national mourning. According to a staff member quoted by the Guardian, everyone is absolutely furious, including the private secretaries and the management team. All the staff have been working late every night since Thursday, just to deal with this. People were visibly shaken by this news. “
It has little quirks
Charles III seems to have very specific requirements. Her pajamas need to be ironed every morning, as do shoelaces before putting on her shoes, reports the New York post (link in English). That’s not all: his toilet seat has to be carried on every journey, just like “his furniture, his bed and his photos”. As for the toilet paper, it is from the Kleenex Velvet brand, otherwise nothing. The American newspaper, who enjoyed compiling the new monarch’s little quirks, tells us that he he asks his servants to lie down with him every morning “an inch of toothpaste on the toothbrush”i.e. 2.54 cm.
HAS Clarence House, where Charles had lived with Camilla since 2003, his staff had found him a nickname: the pampered prince. Understanding the “pampered prince”.