THE Queen used to send Prince Charles away when he got ill as a child, to make sure she didn’t catch it.
Princess Margaret’s former lady-in-waiting Lady Anne Glenconner revealed that the Queen’s eldest was often sent to her family’s Holkham estate in Norforlk, a few miles from Sandringham.
Writing in her book Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown, Lady Glenconner spoke of Charles’ visits to her family home.
She said: “When I was in my late teens, Prince Charles became like a younger brother to me, spending weeks with us at Holkham.
“He would come and stay whenever he had any of the contagious childhood diseases, like chickenpox, because the Queen, having never been to school, had not been exposed to them.”
But far from being an unwanted visit, Lady Glenconner revealed that Charles, who is 16 years her junior, cherished the trips, and looked forward to staying at Holkham.
She continued: “My father taught him how to fish for eels in the lake, and when he got a bit older, my mother let him drive the Jaguar and the Mini Minor around the park, something he loved doing, sending great long thank-you letters telling her he couldn’t wait to return.”
Lady Glenconner went on to describe the Prince as a “kind and loving little boy” with her family “deeply fond” of him.
Lady Anne is the eldest child of the 5th Earl of Leicester.
As well as working as a Lady in Waiting for Margaret, she was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's coronation and is a lifelong friend of the royal family.
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