BREAKFAST with the Prince of Wales is not quite as regal as Jeremy Paxman led us to believe. Prince Charles has taken the unusual step of dismissing a claim that he has seven boiled eggs cooked for his breakfast then lined in ascending order of firmness, before only eating one and, as a result, has left the Newsnight presenter with egg on his face.
The anecdote about the fussiness of the heir to the throne was first revealed by Paxman in his book, On Monarchy in 2006, but has clearly irritated Prince Charles ever since as his new website launched this week makes a point of refuting the allegation of culinary waste.
In the “frequently asked questions” section of his official website, it reads: “Does The Prince of Wales have seven boiled eggs cooked for his breakfast but only eat one as claimed in Jeremy Paxman’s book On Monarchy? No, he doesn’t and never has done, at breakfast or any other time.”
In the section, a further 25 questions are answered about the royal couple, ranging from how many staff they have, to whether Camilla still smokes.
The answers to some of these questions can be found in the box below the main image on this page.
In response to a question about whether he has made plans for his coronation, Clarence House said he has not been involved in any discussions and does not plan on giving it any consideration during his mother’s reign. It also confirms that the Duchess of Cornwall will not become Queen when her husband accedes to the throne. Queries about the Prince’s environmental credentials and his choice of cars are also addressed.
“The Prince does not own or choose to drive around in a Bentley. The car is required for some engagements for security reasons and is owned by the Metropolitan Police. Normally, the Prince and the Duchess are driven around in a Jaguar XJ diesel, his main official car.
“In order to reduce net emissions from car travel, the Prince’s Jaguars, Audi and Range Rover have been converted to run on 100 per cent biodiesel made from used cooking oil, and his 40-year-old Aston Martin to run on 100 per cent bioethanol made from waste wine.”
The website also tackles the thorny question of what the Prince’s 161 staff do, a subject many anti-royalists have raised.
The site states: “The majority of the personal staff work on the farm and estate, or in the garden at Highgrove. The remainder ensure the smooth running of the royal household.” Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are on a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
In his book, Jeremy Paxman attributed “seven boiled eggs” story to “one of the Prince’s friends” then went on to describe it as so “preposterously extravagant as to be unbelievable”.
A spokeswoman for Capel & Land, Jeremy Paxman’s literary agents, said he was unavailable.