Charles endured difficult schooldays being bullied and thumped, friend says

King Charles was "thumped and beat up" by cruel school bullies, an ex-class mate has revealed.

The monarch, who attended Gordonstoun in Scotland, was said to have been too much of a risk to even be friends with such was the target on his back.

Johnny Stonborough said he felt sorry for a young Charles but couldn't step in due to him attracting bullies.

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Charles was the first heir of the throne to be taught at the establishment and his experience was "pretty harsh", according to Johnny.

He left the school in 1967 and had completed a total of five O-levels in English Language, English Literature, History, Latin and French as well as two A-levels in History and French.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the classmate said: "It was quite harsh. He was badly bullied and very isolated.

"We felt pretty sorry for him even at the time, but the problem was that even trying to be friends with him meant that you then got bullied for being one of the King's friends. It was a pretty harsh environment."

He added: "I wasn't in the same house as him, but I was in the same class as him for some years.

"On the rugby pitch you would see it; there were a couple of people who said they would 'do Prince Charles' and they would beat him up in the scrum, pull his ears and thump him."

Reports have suggested that King Charles disliked his time at Gordonstoun, but he has often played this down, reports The Mirror.

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During a House of Lords speech, which he made in the mid 1970s, he said: "I am always astonished by the amount of rot talked about Gordonstoun and the careless use of ancient clichés used to describe it.

"It was only tough in the sense that it demanded more of you as an individual than most other schools did – mentally or physically.

"I am lucky in that I believe it taught me a great deal about myself and my own abilities and disabilities. It taught me to accept challenges and take the initiative."

He added in another interview: "I didn't enjoy school as much as I might have, but that was only because I'm happier at home than anywhere else.

"But Gordonstoun developed my willpower and self control, helped me to discipline myself. We went in for 'adventure'.

"We ran our own fire brigade, we had our own sea rescue service, mountain rescue, surf life-saving, coastguard, etc."

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