Prince Charles: Why Prince was an ‘unhappy child’ at school REVEALED in Jeremy Paxman show



As the heir to the succession of the British throne, Prince Charles’ life is well documented in the UK. But, while Britons plenty of photos and footage may have been unveiled to the public, in tonight’s episode of Paxman on the Queen’s Children, Jeremy Paxman told viewers that the prince had been an “unhappy child”. In the instalment, the presenter spoke to Piers Brendon, a historian of the British Royals. Looking back at the royals’ childhood, it was claimed that Prince Charles, now 70, had not enjoyed his time at the independent school, Gordonstoun.

The Prince of Wales joined the school in the north-east of Scotland in 1958, and continued to study there until April 1962.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had previously been educated at Gourdonstoun, and Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Peter Phillips and Zara Phillips later followed suit.

However, despite his father having loved his time at the school, it seems Prince Charles – who has since praised the school – did not feel the same way.

Speaking in the Channel 5 show, Piers said: “The Duke of Edinburgh thought that Charles must be made a man of and that he must be sent away to school like other people.”

In an unearthed TV clip, a voiceover said: “Prince Philip had loved this part in life, but his son is said to have viewed the prospects of Gordonstoun with some foreboding.”

Discussing the behaviour of fellow pupils, Piers continued: “It really was an utterly brutal academy. I mean the boys were horrible to him.

“If somebody came up to him, they made slurping noises to indicate that they were sucking up to him, so he had no really human contacts in the place.

“It [Charles’ experience] was so unpleasant at Gordonstoun, that I think he lost confidence in himself, and became the sort of twitching, ‘neurotic’ person that we know: always playing with his signet ring and loosening his collar and doing all these sort of nervous, twitchy things.”

However, Jeremy pointed out, while Prince Charles may have struggled at the school, his younger brothers, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, seemed to thrive there.

The broadcaster went on to look at what Princes Charles’ time at university, the University of Cambridge, was like.

And, it seems that unlike his time at boarding school, the young royal enjoyed this stage of his education.

The Prince first began studying at the university in October 1967, admitted to Trinity College in order to read anthropology, archaeology, and history.

While many members of the Royal Family may have studied far away from home, it seems that some young royals may not follow the same tradition in the future.

In an unearthed interview, Mike Tindall, 40, told the Mail on Sunday that he would prefer his children – Mia and Lena – were educated closer to the family home.

“I’m certainly not keen on sending Mia away to a boarding school at the other end of the country,” he said in 2016.

“I know many people who say boarding was the making of them because they forged great independence from their parents, but I don’t really want her to be distanced from us.”

Paxman on the Queen’s Children continues next Tuesday on Channel 5 at 9pm.


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