Prince Charles was previously draped with a toilet seat around his neck during his time in the Royal Navy.
In the YouTube documentary “Charles, Prince of Wales: A Life Full of Madness,” it was revealed that the future King decided to leave following an unfortunate incident. The prince’s shipmate, Paul Henke, shared exactly what happened that time.
“When we came to anchor up in the morning to move as a squadron, Prince Charles pulled his anchor up to find the truss channel telephone cable was hooked on the flukes of his anchor. They spent a long time trying to get rid of that cable,” he said.
The people on the ship and the navy had to ditch one and a half shackles of the phosphor-bronze chain, which is the most valuable thing that naval minehunters carry. Following the incident, Prince Charles was heavily criticized by the Royal Navy.
Three months later, he stood down from active service and was sent off in the most unusual way. He had a toilet seat draped around his neck. The dad of two served as a rear admiral in the navy, but he only ever commanded a small minesweeper called HMS Bronington.
Despite his mistake, Henke remembers Prince Charles fondly and called him a great chap. Henke also complimented the Prince of Wales’ self-deprecating humor and called him intelligent, hardworking, and focused.
“I know it’s contrite to say but he has that elusive thing called ‘officer-like qualities,’” he said.
The Navy was Prince Charles’ first job, which started right after he graduated from Cambridge University. His great uncle, Lord mountbatten also served as an admiral of the fleet, which is the highest rank in the Royal Navy.
According to Henke, the late Lord Mountbatten was revered. He was also the supreme allied commander during world War II and the last viceroy of India in 1947. Lord Mountbatten also served as the first governor-general until 1948.