After she married Prince Charles, Princess Diana revealed that there were quite a few things about royal life that really surprised her. Many of those things had to do with the Prince of Wales including the way he traveled, which is a topic that’s still discussed these days.
Here’s more on the odd items Charles brings along on trips and why his suitcases have to be color-coded.
Even Princess Diana couldn’t believe how much luggage Prince Charles bought on trips
The Princess of Wales spoke about her astonishment at just how much luggage Charles took on trips in her secretly recorded audio tapes to Andrew Morton for the biography Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words.
Because the prince brings so many bags and suitcases with him when he travels, his handlers keep track of what goes where and when by using a color code.
According to Hello! a blue-colored label on a suitcase will indicate that it’s wanted on the aircraft, green means it’s destined for a hotel, and a yellow label means it is going to a private residence in the country he’s visiting.
The unusual items Charles takes with him when he travels
Journalist Tina Brown talked to 120 people for her book The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor and noted the rather unusual items the prince won’t leave home without.
According to Brown, some of the things the royal takes along that most people would never think of bringing with them on trips include: his orthopedic bed, two painted landscapes of the Scottish highlands, as well as his own lavatory seat, and Kleenex Velvet lavatory paper.
“When he traveled to stay at friends’ country houses, a truck arrived the day before, bringing his bed, furniture, and even pictures, which his pampering aide Michael Fawcett ensured would be hung in his allotted bedroom in place of the possessions of his host,” Brown wrote per Page Six.
Fawcett is the same aide who for years had the job of squeezing out one inch of toothpaste onto Charles’ toothbrush for him.
The 1 thing Prince Charles denies bringing along when he goes away
Royal author Tom Bower wrote about a number of ridiculous travel demands Charles reportedly has in the 2018 biography titled Rebel Prince, The Power, Passion and Defiance Of Prince Charles. In it, Bower wrote that the future king actually brings his own toilet seat and velvet paper when he takes trips abroad.
However, as the Independent noted, when Charles was asked about that during a royal visit to Australia he denied it telling a reporter: “My own what?! Oh, don’t believe all that crap. The very idea!”
Camilla then chimed in as well adding: “Don’t you believe it!”