The Prince of Wales is widely reported to be a particularly picky member of the Royal Family. Royal commentators have made a number of bizarre claims about his lifestyle choices, with one even claiming he has personal assistants to iron his shoelaces.
The most recent claim regarding the royal’s drinks was made by Katherine McGee, US author of American Royals.
Speaking on the Royally Obsessed podcast, she claimed she had read Prince Charles dislikes cube-shaped ice chunks so much he has a tray specifically for round ones.
She said, according to the Daily Star: “He can’t stand ice cubes that are not round, it’s like a pet peeve of his, the way they clink together, and so he has this little tray for his golfball size round ice cubes.”
The author said she had found the claim in the book ‘The Royals’, written by Kitty Kelly, though she advised listeners to take the statement with a “grain of salt”.
Similar claims about the Prince of Wales’ lifestyle choices have been made before, however.
Paul Burrell, a former royal butler, claimed in 2015 royal documentary ‘Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm’ that the Duke has a number of particular preferences.
In one instance, Mr Burrell claimed “his shoelaces are pressed flat with an iron.”
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In addition, investigative author Tom Bower claimed in his book ‘Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles’ the Prince of Wales leads a life involving “valets, butlers, cooks, secretaries, gardeners and chauffeurs”.
The Prince also has his outfits changed as often as five times per day, Bower claims.
In addition, the book reveals an instance in which a member of Prince Charles’ staff was accused of bullying other royal staff, and that those who complained of such conduct were fired, the Guardian reports.
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Despite the Prince’s specific preferences, there may be some reasoning behind why he allegedly prefers ice balls rather than ice cubes in his drink.
According to food site CulinaryLore, balls of ice will melt slower than cubes will, even if the amount of ice remains the same.
This means spheres of ice will not dilute a drink as fast as cubes will. For this reason, some bartenders will also prefer ice balls rather than ice cubes.
It is unclear what Prince Charles uses to make his reported spheres of ice; a number of ice sphere moulds are available online.
In other news, Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall shared two photos to mark the birthday of Prince Harry.
The Duke, who turned 36 this week, reportedly spent his birthday with his wife Meghan Markle at their home in Santa Barbara, California.
To mark the occasion, his father Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall shared the images along with the caption: “Wishing a very happy birthday to the Duke of Sussex today!”
Meghan also received a birthday message from the royal couple when she turned 39 in August.
They shared a photo of the Duchess along with the message: “Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Sussex!”