Prince Charles
Prince Charles' heartbreaking and sad childhood was recently revisited. Pictured: Prince Charles attends a reception to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Buckingham Palace on July 10, in London, England. Getty Images/Chris J Ratcliffe - WPA Pool

Prince Charles reportedly had a lonely and heartbreaking childhood because he was bullied a lot as a kid.

According to Good Housekeeping, the future king may have enjoyed the privileges that came with his status as a royal. However, his life was also plagued with high expectations and great disappointments.

Growing up, Prince Charles’ didn’t have much time for him because of their royal obligations. And when Prince Philip did have time for his son, they would usually spend it fishing and hunting.

Sally Bedell Smith, a royal biographer, wrote in “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life,” that Prince Charles was belittled as a young boy by his father’s own forceful personality. Prince Philip wasn’t pleased with the fact that Prince Charles appeared to be too soft.

And as a result, Prince Philip’s alpha male tendencies were often seen as though he was bullying his own son. His daughter, Princess Anne, also reportedly fell victim to the Duke of Edinburgh’s strict parenting style, but she was able to shrug it off. Prince Charles, on the other hand, had a more sensitive nature so he struggled more.

While studying at the Hill House School in London, Prince Charles was also bullied by his so-called friends. He was oftentimes teased for his protruding ears and was even called fat on multiple occasions.

In order to improve Prince Charles’ character, Prince Philip sent him to Gordonstoun, a boarding school in Scotland. Despite the rumors that Prince Charles had a troubled time at the boarding school, he himself confirmed that he actually enjoyed his stay there.

“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 that I believe it taught me a great deal about myself and my own abilities and disabilities,” Prince Charles said.