Prince Charles: According to a British author, the Prince has some peculiar demands when he travels
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are important figures in the British Royal Family. The married pair have travelled all over the world both together and alone during their relationship. According to a British author, Prince Charles has some peculiar demands when he travels. Some rather surprising items have been known to accompany him - with one very strange thing indeed.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: Royals travel with bizarre toilet accessory
Tom Bower’s book Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles, claimed to reveal what Charles takes with him.
According to Bower, on one occasion, when visiting a friend in North-East England, Charles brought his own lavatory seat.
The bizarre luggage items did not stop there, Bower wrote in his book about the future King, and the assortment did not go down well with his hosts.
“[Prince Charles] sent his staff ahead a day early with a truck carrying furniture to replace the perfectly appropriate fittings in the guest rooms,” said the author.
“And not just the odd chest of drawers: the truck contained nothing less than Charles and Camilla’s complete bedrooms, including the Prince’s orthopaedic bed, along with his own linen.
“His staff had also made sure to pack a small radio, Charles’s own lavatory seat, rolls of Kleenex Premium Comfort lavatory paper, Laphroaig whisky and bottled water (for both bedrooms), plus two landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
“The next delivery to arrive was his food — organic, of course. His hosts decided, despite their enjoyment of his company, not to invite him again.”
Camilla, meanwhile, has said she always travels with a yoga block. She revealed this to a guide while watching a yoga class for senior citizens in Singapore.
These bricks are a helpful tool to deepen flexibility and enhance yoga practice by lending the support needed.
Royal author Robert Hardman detailed the episode in his 2018 book Queen of the World.
“The Duchess is touring a community centre where she turns her hand to art, flower-arranging and cooking, and drops in on a yoga class for senior citizens,” wrote Hardman.
“They all obediently freeze in position as she walks in. She spots a ‘back brick’ and tells her guide that she never travels without one.”
Camilla is well known to be a fan of yoga and practices the discipline alongside pilates.
The travel costs expended by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were published in the 2019 Sovereign Grant Report.
For the year up to 31 March 2019, the total cost of the Royal Family's travel came to £2.7 million.
Prince Charles’ visits abroad with Camilla amounted to nearly half of the total sum of royal travel. The Duke and Duchess spent £1.3 million on travel for royal engagements over the past year - up by almost a third on the previous year.
The report shows that Charles and Camilla’s March 2019 visit to St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Cuba and Grand Cayman cost £417,000.
Their visit to Ghana, Gambia and Nigeria in October/November 2018 came to £216,000 while their May 2018 trip to Greece and France cost £160,000.