How Uncle Dickie Transformed Prince Charles From an Awkward, Shy Guy to the World’s Most Eligible Bachelor

by Jeremy Spirogis
Prince Charles and Lord Mountbatten

It’s laborious to think about Prince Charles as a heartthrob.
The longest-serving inheritor obvious in historical past is thought for his passionate activism,
his artistic
, and his troubled childhood. But most royal followers would by no means describe
the Prince of Wales as a “ladies’ man.”

However, that’s exactly the persona Charles took on when he
was a younger bachelor simply earlier than he selected Princess Diana as his fortunate bride. The
solely drawback was the entire media spectacle was made up with the assistance of Prince
Charles’s relative
Uncle Dickie

Prince Charles and Lord Mountbatten
Prince Charles and Lord Mountbatten | John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images

Young Prince Charles obtained teased at school

After disappointing his father Prince Philip as a result of he had
little curiosity in typical “masculine” actions like sports activities, Prince Charles
was additional tortured throughout his youth.

Charles was homeschooled at first like so many royal members of the family earlier than him. But later, he was transferred to Hill House School in London then to Cheam, Good Housekeeping reported. While there, his future king standing did nothing to insulate younger Charles from teasing and mockery by different college students.

They apparently known as Charles “fatty” and made enjoyable of his ears that caught out. Prince Philip later despatched his eldest son to Gordonstoun boarding college which was reportedly “absolute hell” for the long run inheritor.

Prince Charles in school | Keystone-FranceGamma-Rapho through Getty Images

His Uncle Dickie helped flip Prince Charles right into a intercourse image

Charles felt awkward and shy at school however his entire picture
modified thanks to 1 vital individual in his life: his father’s Uncle Dickie
Mountbatten. Uncle Dickie served as Charles’s mentor and served as a father determine
to him rather than Prince Philip. He’s additionally credited with fully overhauling
Charles’s picture with the press and the general public.

Uncle Dickie allegedly masterminded photoshoots that made Prince Charles appear like the item of need, at all times surrounded by stunning girls. It helped that Charles was match and trim in his early twenties, plus he had lastly discovered a sport to excel at. There’s an notorious photograph of Prince Charles talking with Camilla Shand (his future mistress turned spouse) at a polo match.

Prince Charles windsurfingPrince Charles windsurfing
Prince Charles windsurfing | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Prince Charles was discouraged from marrying Camilla

Regardless of seems, Prince Charles had one factor that no different
man did: the facility to show the item of his affection right into a princess. But
that wasn’t the destiny for Camilla. Even although the Prince of Wales was attracted
to her, his Uncle Dickie didn’t see her as marriage materials.

“In a case like yours, the person ought to sow
his wild oats
and have as many affairs as he can earlier than settling down,”
Lord Mountbatten wrote to Prince Charles. “But I feel for a spouse he ought to
select an acceptable engaging and sweet-character lady … I feel it’s
disturbing for girls to have experiences if they’ve to stay on a pedestal
after marriage.”

He dated round for years earlier than settling down

Prince Charles with a modelPrince Charles with a model
Prince Charles with a mannequin | Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis through Getty Images

Lord Mountbatten was killed in a political coup in 1979 and by no means go to see his great-nephew married off to that “suitable” lady. But Prince Charles took his recommendation to coronary heart, courting round and sleeping round for years earlier than selecting an applicable partner.

At the age of 32, Prince Charles confronted stress from senior royals to quiet down and marry a virgin bride. He selected Diana at their urging and formally laid his playboy standing to relaxation — till the affair with Camilla started, in fact.

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