Royal pain for Camilla as Charles won't turn up the heat
WHETHER the heating should be turned up or down is a source of tension in many households -- and Highgrove, the palace of Prince Charles, is no exception.
The British royal has hinted at battles with his wife Camilla over his preference for wearing extra clothes rather than turning up the thermostat as he made a virtue of penny-pinching in an interview with the TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp.
"I don't mind keeping the heating down as long as I can have a hot bath," the prince said.
"Most people think it is too cold. I never hear the end of it. But I am one of those people who has a strange circulation. I think I have inherited it from Queen Victoria, who also liked sitting in a draught."
The prince is a passionate advocate of recycling and discloses the lengths to which he goes to practise what he preaches.
"I hate throwing things away," he said. "I am always trying to find ways of re-using things. For example, we've had to take curtains down in my bathroom and I was seeing how we could make cushions out of them."
"[If] you throw things away and they languish somewhere, then you regret the fact that someone is making a vast amount of money out of all the things you've chucked out," he said.
"It is one of the things that has driven me mad all my life. I've often stopped people throwing things away -- all those wonderful Victorian lavatories, for example.
"I put my bathwater on the garden in the summer -- it all helps."
The prince makes no apologies for his refusal to keep up with fashion trends, preferring his rigid adherence to double-breasted suits and favourite old overcoats.
"I'm like a stopped clock," he said. "I am only 'with it' once every 25 years, because it all comes around again." (© Daily Telegraph, London)