A lack of lunch, late nights working and a "relentless schedule" have made up the habits of King Charles III for some time, a royal insider has confirmed.
The King of England is said to work through his lunch and eats a breakfast of fruit and seeds, his former press secretary has revealed.
A small but dedicated team of staff, some of whom have been working for King Charles III for decades, run the day-to-day operations and keep the long-running schedule in check.
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His former press secretary, Julian Payne, says the monarch would never eat lunch and that the key to making it through the day was to have a "big breakfast".
Payne also claimed that he had never seen the King have a boiled egg for breakfast, despite rumours over the royal being offered an array of egg-based dishes each morning.
He said: "The King doesn’t eat lunch; so, an early lesson I learnt when out on the road with him was to have a big breakfast or bring a few snack bars with you to keep you going.
"The working day is pretty relentless. Beginning with the radio news headlines and a breakfast of seasonal fruit salad and seeds with tea. I never saw a single boiled egg at breakfast in all the years I worked there."
Strange bathing temperatures were also clearly set out and reported by Daily Star, with the pampered King needing a bathtub "only half full" of "tepid" water, former butler Paul Burrell said.
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Despite the relentless schedule, there is a brief break at 1pm, not for lunch, but "to get outside to walk" as the King "dislikes being inside for too long and always has the windows wide open," Payne revealed.
The first real break of the day comes at 5pm, with King Charles III sharing sandwiches and fruit cake with Queen Consort, Camilla Parker Bowles.
The King then returns to his desk, before another break at 8:30pm for dinner and then at 10pm returns to his desk and is said to stay there well after midnight.
Payne said the long hours were also true of public engagements, with King Charles III willingness to chat to subjects meaning some events roll on hours over their planned time, The Mirror reported.
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