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14th Sep 2022

‘I can’t bear this bloody thing’: Prince Charles completely loses it over leaking pen

Tobi Akingbade

King Charlie is have a tough time

The new monarch has been mourning the death of his mother, who died aged 96 last Thursday, but has been on a national tour as King Charles III.

This is not the first time he’s becoming cross with a pen this week. The King and Queen Consort were signing a visitors’ book at Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland when the monarch’s pen began to leak

Charles, who wrote the wrong date in the book before asking an aide what it was, lost his temper while sat down to sign the visitor’s book at the end of the visit at the castle, the King could be heard in a video clip asking the date, before standing up in frustration.

The Queen Consort, who was given the pen, said “it’s going everywhere”, before the pair wiped their hands.

Grumbling through gritted teeth, the King was then heard saying: “I can’t bear this bloody thing… every stinking time.”

He was then lead away by aides.

The moment generated comments on social media, with users highlighting the other pen-related moment involving the new King.

After being formally proclaimed the nation’s new sovereign, King Charles held his first Privy Council meeting, where he sat to sign official declarations.

The historic moment was somewhat overshadowed by the way Charles’ desk had been fitted out, with the new Monarch not having enough wiggle room to sign the oversized documents in front of him.

After signing one, the King moved to his next task, only to find a pesky pen tray was in his way.

He was then seen grimacing in frustration to staff out of shot.

A mysterious hand then appeared to swiftly and silently remove the pen tray from the desk.

The whole exchange did not go unnoticed by those watching at home, with one tweeting: “Did Charles just get angry with a plastic pen holder while the world watched him sign his proclamation declaration? Poor William had to ask for it back when he signed?! #KingCharlesIII just like his dad! Love it!”

Earlier in the proceedings, the new King declared the Queen’s funeral would be a bank holiday and told the Privy Council that the “whole world sympathises with me in the irreparable loss we’ve all suffered”.

He then went on to pay tribute to the Queen’s diligent service and recognised the “duties” he must now carry out.

“To all of us as a family, as to this kingdom and the wider family of nations of which it is a part, my mother gave an example of lifelong love and of selfless service.

“My mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life. My mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life.”

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