Prince Charles forced to settle down after developing ‘man about town’ reputation

Prince Charles had ‘man about town reputation’ says documentary

During the Channel 5 documentary ‘Secrets of the Royal Palaces’, narrator Glynis Barber and royal commentators Richard Kay and Penny Junor discussed the Prince of Wales life before Princess Diana. Mr Kay stated that Prince Charles’ first duty was to find a wife and produce heirs to the throne.  

Ms Barber said: “Prince Charles was getting a bit of a reputation as the man about town and was showing no signs of settling down.

“After a series of failed relationships, pressure was mounting from within his family to find a suitable match.”

Mr Kay stated: “The first duty of the Prince of Wales was to find a wife and produce heirs to the throne.

“That is their number one priority, securing the line of succession.”

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Ms Junor added: “He was over 30 and had a string of girlfriends in the past.

“His father felt it was really important that he settled down and stopped being a playboy, playing the field and find a wife.”

This period of Prince Charles’ life has recently been portrayed in the fourth season of the Netflix series The Crown.

Last month it was reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall were forced to turn off comments on their social media posts after they suffered a “despicable” backlash as a result of the series.

Charles and Camilla facing 'despicable' backlash says expert

During the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie discussed the backlash the Prince of Wales suffered.

Ms Bowie said: “I think we need to mention what is going on with the UK’s Culture Secretary asking for a warning label on The Crown.

“It is awful that Charles and Camilla have had to turn off social media commenting because of the backlash.

“Seeing that and how it plays out, I think it is despicable.”


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The UK’s Culture Secretary has previously called for Netflix to follow the example set by BBC and ITV in showing a warning regarding dramatised events at the beginning of the series. 

Oliver Dowden said: “The point is that it is not historically accurate.

“Just as when the BBC or ITV produce these shows they put a warning on at the start to say this is a work of fiction.

“I made the point that Netflix should do this. I do not think that is outrageous, I think that is what you would expect from other broadcasters.”

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