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Prince Charles homesickness laid bare in teenage letter from Gordonstoun – ‘Foul’

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The Prince of Wales attended the school in Moray, Scotland, from 1962 to 1967. Prince Philip insisted Charles went to the school, after he became one of the first pupils at Gordonstoun. But Charles despised his education and insisted on sending Prince William and Harry to Eton college.

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Letters published from the then-teenage royal show off how Charles felt about the college.

He said in 1964: “It’s such hell here especially at night. I don’t get any sleep practically at all nowadays..

“The people in my dormitory are foul. Goodness they are horrid, I don’t know how anyone could be so foul.

“They throw slippers all night long or hit me with pillows or rush across the room and hit me as hard as they can, then beetle back again as fast as they can, waking up everyone else in the dormitory at the same time.

“I still wish I could come home. It’s such a hole this place!”

Reports about Charles’ childhood claim he was beaten and bullied while studying at Gordonstoun.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: “Though later the Prince would claim there had been a beneficial aspect to his schooling at Gordonstoun, at the time he viewed it as an incarceration, as he was mercilessly bullied.”

Charles later described the schools as “a prison sentence” and “Colditz in kilts”.

William Boyd, royal author and fellow Gordonstoun student, added it was “like penal servitude”.

He then said: “I happen to know, from his own lips, that Prince Charles utterly detested it.”

Despite Charles’ experience at Gordonstoun, he later praised the school for helping him grow into an adult.

Speaking to the House of Lords in 1975, he said: “I am always astonished by the amount of rot talked about Gordonstoun and the careless use of ancient cliches used to describe it.

“It was only tough in the sense that it demanded more of you as an individual than most other schools did, mentally or physically. I am lucky in that I believe it taught me a great deal about myself and my own abilities and disabilities.

“It taught me to accept challenges and take the initiative – why else do you think I am brave enough to stand up before your Lordships now?”

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