Growing up, King Charles wasn't welcomed at his school, as he was royalty.
"One of the mistakes that was made when Charles arrived at Gordonstoun was that we were all told he was just to be treated like everybody else. But he wasn't everybody else, was he? He was going to be King of England," John Stonborough said in a new film Charles: Our New King.
"He had a private detective, we didn't have private detectives. And when he came, they strengthened all of the rules and it became a stricter school and I think that some people took it out on him," he continued. "I actually witnessed one straight attack on Prince Charles during a rugby game when he was in the scrum and one guy pulled his ear and another guy punched him — right in the scrum. And there was a little bit of pride that somehow these people managed to clock the future King of England."
Despite being treated poorly, King Charles had a few friends at school and never complained about what was going on.
"He found it difficult to make friends, partly because people found it difficult to make friends with him because they got teased if they tried to be his friend," the expert said. "And in fact, they would make slurping noises — you know sort of sucking up and being the King's friend. But you know, he was the most remarkably stoic person. He never complained, he never whinged about it all - certainly not that we were ever aware of. He just put up with it, he got on with it — and I think that Gordonstoun probably put a little bit of steel in his backbone."
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