Prince Charles is next in line to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II’s son and boasts a number of royal titles. He is most commonly The Prince of Wales but he is also The Duke of Cornwall when visiting the South West of England, and The Duke of Rothesay when he is in Scotland. Those who live abroad can often get confused about what to call the Prince, as one particularly mortifying experience proved. When Charles was in the USA, someone made the grave error of calling him the wrong name.
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According to royal expert Brian Hoey’s book ‘Not in Front of the Corgis,’ Charles was not happy about the incident.
“On a visit to the United States, a country he adores, the Prince of Wales was addressed by a well-meaning American: ‘Hi Prince,’” Hoey wrote.
“His Royal Highness was not amused and his Private Secretary was instructed to inform future hosts that if fellow guests could not manage his full title, he would prefer a plain ‘Charles.’ Anything but ‘Hi Prince.’”
According to the royal website: “There are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen or a member of the Royal Family, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms.”
It adds: “For men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way.
“On presentation to The Queen, the correct formal address is ‘Your Majesty’ and subsequently ‘Ma’am,’ pronounced with a short ‘a,’ as in ‘jam’.
“For male members of the Royal Family, the same rules apply, with the title used in the first instance being ‘Your Royal Highness’ and subsequently ‘Sir’.
“For other female members of the Royal Family, the first address is conventionally ‘Your Royal Highness’ and subsequently ‘Ma’am.’”
Recent revelations about Prince Charles have suggested he is also rather particular when it comes to what he takes when travelling overseas.
Carolyn Robb, the youngest and first female chef who served Prince Charles and Princess Diana, worked in the royal household for 11 years between 1989 and 2000 and explained to MailOnline that Prince Charles requested to have his homegrown food from the UK with him even when he was abroad.
“He liked to have his own food with him,” she explained, meaning “piles and piles of cool-boxes” were taken around the world.
While it seems to be a strange request, it was to avoid falling ill during a full itinerary. She explained. “He couldn’t risk going down with a bad stomach when he was so busy.”
Sometimes, however, Prince Charles is caught unawares on royal tours and he was once spotted getting intimate with a third woman.
The woman was a model and she was captured with Charles in 1979 when he was on a royal tour of Australia before he married Diana in 1981.
Named Jane Priest, the Australian beauty famously ran up to Charles while he was jogging on Cottesloe Beach in Perth.
Breaking with all royal rules, Jane gave Charles a kiss on the cheek and was seen with her arms around the Prince.