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The New York Post: Ironed shoelaces and other lavish demands of King Charles, once nicknamed ‘the pampered prince’

From pampered prince to coddled king.

Although he was just proclaimed Britain’s reigning monarch last weekend, Charles III has been living like a king his whole life.

King Charles was reportedly nicknamed the “pampered prince” by his staff at Clarence House, where he has lived with his wife, the former Camilla Parker Bowles, since 2003.

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Details of the former Prince of Wales’s lavish requests were revealed in the 2015 Amazon Prime

documentary “Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm.”

Paul Burrell, who served as a butler to Queen Elizabeth and to Princess Diana, revealed the precise directions the king’s staff are given to care for him from ironing his shoelaces to putting toothpaste on his toothbrush.

The former butler shared that Charles had “everything done for him.”

“His pajamas are pressed every morning, his shoelaces are pressed flat with an iron, the bath plug has to be in a certain position, and the water temperature has to be just tepid,” in a bath tub filled “only half-full,” Burrell said.

The king even “has his valets squeeze one inch of toothpaste onto his toothbrush every morning.”

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After getting ready, Charles’s strict morning routine continues with breakfast.

“Prince Charles has a healthier option. He’d have homemade bread, a bowl of fresh fruit, fresh fruit juices,” chef Graham Newbould, a former member of the royal staff said.

“Wherever the prince goes in the world, the breakfast box goes with him. He has six different types of honey, some special mueslis, his dried fruit and anything that’s a bit special that he is a bit fussy about.”

He also supposedly insists his cheese and biscuits be warmed at a certain temperature at the end of meals and makes his staff keep a warming tray nearby, “since he’s particular about everything,” a royal insider was quoted as having told MyLondon.

Along with his breakfast box, Charles allegedly sends a van of his possessions to his friends’ country houses ahead of his arrival to unload his “bed, furniture and even pictures,” Tina Brown reported in “The Palace Papers.”

He reportedly even brings his own toilet seat and Kleenex Velvet toilet paper wherever he goes.

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