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‘War of the Windsors’: New book recounts King Charles and Prince Andrew’s fraught relationship

A new book reveals the fraught relationship between King Charles and his brother Prince Andrew. Penned by Nigel Cawthorne, a journalist, the book delves into the lives of these two royal figures from their childhood to adulthood.

‘War Of the Windsors: The Inside Story of Charles, Andrew and the Rivalry That Has Defined the Royal Family’ for the very first time tells the complete story of King Charles and Prince Andrew, from their diverging childhoods to their current struggles.

With years of research and expert sourcing, ‘War of the Windsors…’ takes an inside look into the feud between the two brothers and recounts the highs and lows of their brotherly bond.

Raised for different futures, while one was burdened by the responsibility of becoming a future king, the other was destined to live in his shadow. However, Charles’ days at the Scottish all-boy boarding school, Gordonstoun, where his father Prince Philip studied, had a completely different situation.

While Prince Andrew, the younger sibling, became a “leader of the pack” and was highly popular in school, Charles became the victim and was often bullied, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Prince Philip believed that the school’s austere environment would toughen him and make him fit to be the future king of England, but the circumstances turned out to be dire.

While Andrew, gifted with a “thick skin” and charm, made several friends during his time at the boarding school, Charles was shy and silent, and could easily become the victim.

“Charles was a very polite, sweet boy — always incredibly thoughtful and kind, interested in art and music,” the Queen’s cousin and confidante Margaret Rhodes said in the book.

His school days were plagued by traumatic and merciless bullying by the other boys, so much so that once after taking a shower, Charles was tied up and pushed into a laundry basket where he was hung naked, and blasted with cold water, until a staff member heard his voice, the book claims.

At night, he was beaten up by pillows, shoes and fists. One time, he even ended up with a broken nose during one of these on-field assaults. However, he did not put up a fight or complain about the bullying, thinking it would make matters worse.

While Charles was attending the school, it was not heated and its windows were left wide open, even in the winter. His bed was placed next to a window, and he would find his bedding frozen with frost, according to the new novel.

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But his brother Andrew’s time at the school was totally different. “He has no time for sycophants and if anyone tries to take the mickey out of him, he fights back,” said one schoolmaster in the book. “He’s just as good with the verbals as with his fists.”

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‘War Of the Windsors: The Inside Story of Charles, Andrew and the Rivalry That Has Defined the Royal Family’, by Nigel Cawthorne, will be available on the stands from August 31.

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