King Charles ‘bullied at school’ by cruel classmates who ‘pulled his ears’

King Charles was viciously "attacked" and "punched" as a teenager by boys at his plush boarding school in Scotland, with one ex-classmate claiming the young Prince even had his ears pulled.

The King followed in the footsteps of his father Prince Phillip and attended Gordonstoun from the age of 13, following in the footsteps of his father Prince Philip, leaving in 1967 with five O-Levels and two A-Levels.

Charles has previously said he found his school days difficult and famously described the school as "Colditz in kilts".

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Speaking on a new ITV documentary called Charles: Our New King, John Stonborough, a contemporary of the monarch at the school, claimed he was often targeted by other boys due to his royal rank, reports the Mirror.

He told the program: "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.

"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.

"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."

Mr Stonborough recalled how the King – then Prince Charles – had few friends at the school, but says His Majesty never complained and just "put up with it".

He added: "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.

"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."


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