Prince Charles is not believed to be more handsome than his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. But hundreds of women reportedly had a crush on him because of his good looks when he was much younger.

In a throwback photo, the usually shy-looking prince showed off his abs during one of his outings. In the snap, Prince Charles is wearing a blue collared shirt when she raised his shirt to seemingly wipe off his sweat. But the gesture showed off his abs.

When he was much younger, the heir to the throne was also quite thin. But he was definitely a charmer. The unearthed snap shows the dad of two looking straight into the camera with a handsome smile on his face. He is also squinting his eyes, which makes him look even more handsome.

On the online forum site Quora, royal fans asked each other if Prince Charles was ever considered to be handsome. Deanna Eppers, an ardent follower of the royal family, said that while the Prince of Wales was regarded as one of the most eligible bachelors of his time, he wasn’t necessarily considered to be handsome.

“He had a nice body while he was in his 20’s and 30’s. And I do think he would have been quite handsome had it not been for his ears. They stick out. Just do. Nothing to be done for it. But here’s the thing: Beauty comes from inside. It really does. Those people who are labeled ‘most beautiful’ often look cranky and hungry. They don’t seem happy. And Prince Charles is happy, or he’s doing a damn good job of pretending he is happy,” she said.

Eileen Wood, a self-employed individual, said that a lot of women thought that Prince Charles was attractive. But Diego Martin said the exact opposite. Martin said that whenever Prince Charles was photographed with Princess Diana, it became evident that the cameras loved the latter more than him.

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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