Prince Charles was very shy and quiet while he was growing up. But he had a change of heart while studying at Gordonstoun.

In the book “Charles: The Untold Story,” royal author Ross Benson said that things changed for the future king after he played the title role in Macbeth. During his performance, Prince Charles showed a new level of confidence that radiated from the stage.

Queen Elizabeth II was reportedly there so she witnessed how her eldest son came out of his shell. According to Benson, it also seemed as though Prince Charles had an affiliation with the troubled character.

“It was as if he had an intuitive understanding of the weaknesses of a man manipulated by a scheming wife. [Charles became] assured and poised and confident in his destiny,” he said.

However, Prince Charles didn’t always have a wonderful time while studying at Gordonstoun. In fact, he wasn’t even supposed to study there because the Queen wanted her to attend Eton. But Prince Philip insisted on sending the heir to the throne to his alma mater.

The Duke of Edinburgh thought that the tough environment in Gordonstoun will make his eldest son tougher. But Prince Philip did not anticipate how Prince Charles endured bullying from his fellow students.

Prince Charles also reportedly struggled with the physical demands of the school which included runs in the cold. On certain occasions, his male classmates even slapped him on the back of his head.

But despite his negative experiences while studying there, Prince Charles shocked everyone when he came to the institution’s defense during his speech in 1975.

“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,” he said.

Prince Andrew and Prince Edward also attended Gordonstoun.

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Prince Charles waves as he attends the Royal Cornwall Show on June 7, 2018 in Wadebridge, United Kingdom. Getty Images/Time Rooke