One of Charles’ worst scandals was the release of a taped private conversation between himself and Camilla – dubbed “tampongate”. In the tapes, he can be heard saying: “Oh God. I’ll just live inside your trousers. It would be much easier!” To which Camilla laughs: “What are you going to turn into, a pair of knickers? You’re going to come back as a pair of knickers.” “Or, God forbid, a Tampax. Just my luck!” says Charles.
According to biographer Sally Bedell Smith, the prince has lavish demands, “travels with a white leather toilet seat, and pitches a fit when he’s forced to fly first class rather than in a private jet”.
The royals are not supposed to dabble in politics. Yet over several years, Charles sent letters, dubbed the “Black Spider Memos” to ministers in the UK government. When it came to light, the palace tried to cover up his faux pas.
In 2017, documents were leaked that showed the prince storing funds in an offshore account to avoid paying taxes on his income.