Prince Charles warned he would make New Zealanders ‘laugh out the other side of their faces’ for repeatedly making fun of him falling off a horse – a letter set to be sold at auction has revealed.
The handwritten note – sent by the first in line to the throne to a friend in April 1981, has been published by British newspaper the Daily Mail.
It reveals that the Prince of Wales was so aggrieved by comments from New Zealanders about footage of him falling off his polo horse that he was determined to seek revenge.
In Christchurch he wrote: ‘kindless fallacious remarks and references about falling off horses are beginning to get through to me’.
‘It seems as though the main thing they know about me out here! It all increases my determination to make them laugh out the other side of their faces one day!’
The Prince – who was only three months away from marrying Diana at the time – also used the written correspondence to bemoan his royal duties – describing them as ‘nonsensical rubbish’, the Daily Mail reported.
‘The real problem is keeping up my enthusiasm on each new day because I am beginning to get fed up with the amount of nonsensical rubbish I take all day and every day!’
He also criticised the children he had met on his New Zealand tour, writing: ‘The real problem is keeping up my enthusiasm on each new day because I am beginning to get fed up with the amount of nonsensical rubbish I take all day and every day!’
‘If one more NZ [New Zealand] child asks me what it’s like to be a prince I shall go demented’.