Prince Charles' ridiculous routine involves having his shoelaces ironed and his toothpaste squeezed

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Prince Charles has a ridiculous royal routine that he sticks to each day and it involves having his shoelaces ironed and his toothpaste squeezed, according to his former butler. 

Prince Charles' extensive royal routine has been revealed by a former royal butler who has given a breakdown of his unusual requests.

As first in the royal line of succession, Prince Charles is set to be King someday. But just like other high-ranking members of the royal family, he already has staff to help him with his day-to-day duties.

It's no secret that the royal family has a team of chefs, cleaners, and servants to wait on them. However, royal fans might be surprised to learn about some of the things the Prince is quite particular about when it comes to his morning routine.

Princess Diana's former royal butler, Paul Burrell, opened up about Prince Charles' taste for the finer things in life in a documentary Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm.

He spilled, "His pyjamas are pressed every morning, his shoelaces are pressed flat with an iron, the bath plug has to be in a certain position, and the water temperature has to be just tepid.”

Prince Charles and Kate Middleton Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R), iron artworks they made during a visit the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts at the Dulwich Gallery in South London on March 15, 2012. The Duchess visited Dulwich with Camilla and Prince Charles after playing hockey with members of the British Olympic team at the Riverside Arena. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP via Getty Images)

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And that's not all, it seems the Prince, who splits his time between Clarence House and Highgrove, likes his staff to even prepare his toothbrush.

“He has his valets squeeze one inch of toothpaste onto his toothbrush every morning,” added Mr Burrell.

Meanwhile, in the documentary, The Madness of Prince Charles, royal biographer Anthony Holden said, “Charles, for all his attempts to find out how the other half lives and interest in the less fortunate in society, for all that, he has two men, paid for by the state, to help him get dressed in the morning.”

Paul also recalled a time when Prince Charles requested that he pick a letter out of the bin for him.

He explained, "On one occasion he rang me from his library and he said, 'Oh Paul a letter from the Queen seems to have fallen into my wastepaper bin, would you pick it out?'

"I had to bend down into the paper bin and pick out the letter and put it back on his desk."

Paul asked Charles, "Would that be all yYour Highness?", to which Prince Charles replied, "Yes thank you very much".

But he's not the only one who gets extra help, Prince William and Kate Middleton use Norland Nannies to help look after their three children, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six and Prince Louis, three.

But the next time you see Prince Charles attend his next royal engagement, pay particular attention to his shoelaces to see if they're on point.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.