King Charles 'travels with teddy bear'

King Charles travels with a teddy bear credit:Bang Showbiz
King Charles travels with a teddy bear credit:Bang Showbiz

King Charles "travels with his childhood teddy bear", it has been claimed.

The 73-year-old monarch is still so attached to his old toy he won't let anyone else try to fix it when the cuddly creature gets damaged due to wear and tear apart from his old nanny, biographer Christopher Andersen has claimed.

Christopher - who will release new book 'The King' later this month - said: "He still travels with a childhood teddy bear. He's had it since he was a very small child... The only person who's been allowed to mend King Charles' teddy bear is his childhood nanny, Mabel Anderson, who he remains very close to."

The author claimed the king also always travels with a special ice tray because of a "quirk" he shares with other members of the royal family.

He told 'Entertainment Tonight': "I think one of the funniest quirks -- a number of royals have this, the queen had it as well -- they don’t like square ice cubes.

"They carry around ice cube trays, have them brought with them wherever they go, because they don’t like the clinking sound that square cubes make."

According to Christopher, Charles "travels with a custom-made toilet seat" and, people told him the monarch prefers meals cooked by his own chef, no matter where he is, though he claimed the king has denied this.

He said: "People who work in the palace, people who have worked for him, say that... when he goes to dinner parties at other people's homes he often brings his own chef, so they can prepare a meal for him that he'll eat separately at the table.

"He wants what he wants when he wants it."

After taking the throne in September following the death of Queen Elizabeth, the author predicted the new king will be ready to make "some bold moves".

He said: "He's been waiting for 70 years to take this job. That's longer than any previous monarch... He's already taken some moves to slim down the monarchy a bit... He just sold 15 of his mother's cherished race horses... There will be other cutbacks. They will be looking and touring some of the palaces and museums...

"If the monarchy survives and flourishes, it will be because of Charles. If it doesn't, it will be because of Charles. Everything hinges on what King Charles III becomes."