King Charles still travels with his beloved childhood teddy bear and carries around a custom-made toilet seat, royal author claims
- The king had a valet tasked with looking after his beloved teddy bear in his 40s
- If it needed running repairs only his retired former nanny was allowed to fix it
- Reports appeared in The King: The Life of Charles III, by Christopher Andersen
- Biography also claims King Charles often had pillow fights with his young boys
King Charles had a sentimental attachment to his childhood teddy bear that still accompanies him everywhere today, a royal biographer has claimed.
Christopher Andersen, author of The King: The Life of Charles III, told Entertainment Tonight the new monarch, 73, adored his bear so much that he only ever allowed one person to carry out essential repairs on it – his childhood nanny, Mabel Anderson.
The author added that, as a young prince and into adulthood, Charles treated the teddy bear ‘like his own child’.
The then-Prince Charles being presented with a teddy bear for baby Prince George during the Sandringham Flower Show in 2013
Baby Prince Charles being taken for a stroll by his nanny Mabel Anderson, who was relied upon to make ongoing repairs to his favourite bear
Prince Charles beams and holds a teddy bear presented to him during a visit to Aberdeen in 1998
In the new biography the bestselling American author claimed Charles’ aid Michael Fawcett was tasked with looking after the bear and knowing where it was at all times.
And if the antique teddy ever needed some running repairs, only Mabel Anderson, the King’s childhood nanny, was allowed anywhere near it. ‘Mispy’, as she was affectionately called by the King, was even hauled out of retirement to help.
Author Christopher Andersen wrote: ‘He was well into his forties, and every time that teddy needed to be repaired, you would think it was his own child having major surgery.’
He added: ‘The bear went everywhere with Charles.’
Ms Anderson, who is now in her nineties, joined the Royal Household when Charles was in need of an assistant nurse and became one of The Firm’s most trusted servants as well as a good friend of the late Queen.
At her job interview she was said to be the only applicant who was ‘not shaking with nerves’.
The late Queen visiting Prince Charles at Gordonstoun School where he boarded on his last day on 31 July 1967
The then-Prince Charles seen here with trusted aid Michael Fawcett, who reportedly looked after his favourite teddy bear
In September, the new king complained about the pen he was using to sign his name, furiously moaning he couldn’t ‘bear this bloody thing’
The faulty instrument was swiftly removed and replaced by flustered courtiers before Camilla sat down to sign the book herself from inside the historic residence
Other revelations about the new king revealed in Andersen’s book include that Charles travels everywhere with a ‘custom-made toilet seat’.
He also claimed that, if he is invited somewhere for dinner, the monarch brings his own chef so he can have his own meal prepared separately.
However, the author conceded this is a claim the King has previously denied.
The book also outlined Charles’ time at Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun as ‘pure hell’.
In an extract in Vanity Fair, Andersen wrote: ‘If he wasn’t being piled on by his rugby teammates or hung up in the shower, the Prince of the realm had to contend with being battered in bed.’
It reportedly didn’t help that Prince Charles snored.
According to the Prince, most nights he was pummeled with shoes, pillows, and fists.
‘I simply dread going to bed,’ he complained, ‘because I get hit all night long’.
He added that much of Charles’ personality can be traced back to his childhood that was ‘desperately lonely’.
But he also wrote about Charles being the sort of dad who would ‘have pillow fights with his boys,’ ‘read them bedtime stories’ and ‘kiss them goodnight’ even as teenagers.
Source: Read Full Article