The Prince of Wales has pooh-poohed the rumour he takes his own personal toilet seat with him on overseas trips, telling interviewers in Australia: “Don’t believe all that crap”.
The question was put to the Prince as he and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, fulfilled an engagement in Brisbane during a seven-day tour of Australia.
Asked about the claims by presenters on Brisbane’s Hit105 radio station, Prince Charles replied: “My own what?”, before adding: “Oh, don’t believe all that crap.”
The rumour originated in Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion And Defiance Of Prince Charles, a new biography of Charles by Tom Bower.
Clarence House said it would not be commenting on the radio station’s interview, but Charles’s director of communications, Julian Payne, poured cold water on the suggestion on Twitter.
He wrote: “The Prince and the Duchess’s tour of Australia and Vanuatu begins: 30 engagements, 7 days, 1 Commonwealth Games, 0 personal loo seats.”
The Royal couple officially opened the Commonwealth Games, on Gold Coast, on behalf of the Queen on Wednesday night.
On Thursday, they were greeted by large crowds as they visited the athletes village where they met the England women’s hockey team.
Both tried their hands at table tennis, with Camilla joking that she would “leave it to the professionals”.
Prince Charles and Camilla will also visit cities including Darwin and Cairns, as well as the South Pacific island of Vanuatu to see how it is recovering from a devastating cyclone in 2015.