King Charles’s rule can sometimes be tyrannical — according to people who work for him.
The newly installed British monarch is a tough boss with a “proper temper” — and is liable to throw things or call his underlings at odd hours on weekends to perform tasks such as finding a orchid that struck his fancy, a new book says.
“He would drive people hard. He was full of ideas, always asking people to go and do things,” one former staffer told Valentine Low, a Royals reporter for the Times of London whose book Courtiers is out next month.
“He also had a proper temper on him, which was quite fun,” the staffer told Low, according to an excerpt published in the Times Monday.
“He would rarely direct it at the individual,” the anonymous staffer continued. “It would be about something, and he would lose his temper. He would throw something. He would go from zero to 60 in a flash, and then back down again.”
“Things would frustrate him, especially the media,” they added.
The excerpt describes the new king as a “man with a mission,” hard on himself and therefore hard on those around him.
The importance of the mission could vary, however. One former secretary described waiting by the phone all weekend for an important call that turned out to be about identifying an orchid the then-prince had found.
““He was demanding in that he is always working,” another former staffer said. “Seven days a week. Never stops. At any moment he may want to call you about something.”
While Charles would constantly demand the attention of those who worked for him, he could also fall under the sway of those who did not, the book claims.
“The prince is quite susceptible to new voices who tell him, ‘They are stopping you doing what you want to do. They are holding you back, the suits,’” another former staff member said.
“Over the years, there have been scores of them,” Low writes, “whispering in his ear their thoughts on architecture, alternative medicine, business, organic farming, housing, Jungian psychoanalysis, Islamic art, rainforests, crop circles and the media.”
“The prince falls under people’s spell,” the former staffer said of the now-King.