PRINCE Charles is set to make his 16th visit to Australia next week, with the heir apparent likely to be grateful for the change of scenery as he is once again at the centre of a media controversy in England thanks to a new unauthorised biography.
Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion And Defiance Of Prince Charles is based on interviews with more than 120 people, according to author Tom Bower.
In the biography, Bower describes Charles as a vain and out-of-touch royal who is obsessed with what the public thinks of him.
The book gives an insight into the inner workings of the royal family, while also making some claims as to strange habits of Prince Charles, such as changing his clothes five times a day and taking his own toilet seat when visiting friends.
Here is a list of some of Prince Charles' most bizarre traits, as claimed in the book.
TRAVELLING WITH MATTRESS AND TOILET SEAT
The Prince reportedly has a very particular set of items he needs when travelling and while some people might have a favourite pillow they can't sleep without, Charles has a favourite mattress that he carts around with him.
Bower writes that the royal has a number of items he demands to be packed when he travels, including his orthopaedic bed, his personal toilet seat, Kleenex Premium Comfort toilet paper, fresh linen, radio, a chest of drawers and two landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
So pretty much just his whole bedroom.
CHANGING HIS CLOTHES ... A LOT
The Prince is apparently very conscious of how he looks, with Bower writing that it is not uncommon for Charles to change his clothes up to five times a day.
HIRING PEOPLE TO PICK SLUGS OFF PLANTS
Charles is reportedly all about organic produce. In fact the book states that he is so against pesticides that he employs retired Indian servicemen to hand-pick slugs off the plants at night in his garden at Highgrove.
Bower describes Charles' life as being run "by valets, butlers, cooks, secretaries, gardeners and chauffeurs".
HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT CLING FILM IS
Apparently Prince Charles has lived such a privileged life that he had never encountered anything as mundane as cling film and when he did it didn't go down very well.
Bower claims that Camilla heard a shriek coming from the kitchen one night after the Prince stumbled upon the mystery plastic while searching for a late-night snack.
He had reportedly asked staff to leave food out for him to eat later and became frightened upon encountering the cold meats covered by the unknown product.
"Fearing the worst, Camilla dashed in after him. 'What's this?' asked her husband, pointing at the food," the book reads.
"'It's cling film, darling,' she replied."
A new controversy has presented itself ahead of Prince Charles' arrival in Australia, after former PM Paul Keating claimed the future king of the United Kingdom thinks Australia should ditch the monarchy.
Referring to the Prince, Mr Keating said: "I have no doubt he believes Australia should be free of the British monarchy and that it should make its own way in the world."
Mr Keating, who has long advocated for a republic, said: "Why would he or anyone of his family want to visit Australia pretending to be, or representing its aspirations, as its head of state?"
The comments from an opinion piece published in London's Sunday Times have angered former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott.
"Prince Charles would just want to do his duty and he shouldn't be verballed by an ex-PM," the now-backbencher posted on Twitter.
Prince Charles is set to arrive in Brisbane on Wednesday accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.
- With AAP