King Charles would perform daily half-naked headstands at Balmoral Castle, Prince Harry has claimed. According to the Duke of Sussex, the monarch suffered from “constant neck and back pain” as a result of old polo injuries.
Writing in his memoir Spare, released on Tuesday, the Duke said that his father performed the exercises on the advice of a physio.
He said: “Balmoral had 50 bedrooms, one of which had been divided for me and Willy.
“Open the wrong door and you might burst in on Pa while his valet was helping him dress.
“Worse, you might blunder in as he was doing his headstands.”
Harry added: “He performed them daily, in a pair of boxers, propped against a door or hanging from a bar like a skilled acrobat.
“If you put one little finger on the knob you would hear him begging from the other side, “No! No! Don’t open! Please God don’t open!”.’
It is unclear if the King still suffers from chronic pain and if headstands are still part of his daily routine.
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For example, in 1990, he underwent two operations to fix fractures in his right hand.
This was after he fell from his horse during a polo match in Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire, seven miles from his Highgrove country retreat.
In 2001, when playing in a charity polo match with William and Harry, the then future monarch was briefly knocked unconscious and taken to Cirencester Hospital.