Website denies royal breakfast claim

LONDON — Prince Charles does not order seven boiled eggs for breakfast in order to choose the one he likes best, his office said in a statement designed to dispel myths about the heir to the British throne.

The claim was made by BBC Television presenter Jeremy Paxman in a 2006 book. The website of the prince of Wales, as Charles is officially known, was updated Tuesday to dismiss that assertion and other commonly held views about the prince and his family.

‘‘Does the Prince of Wales have seven boiled eggs cooked for his breakfast but only eat one, as claimed in Jeremy Paxman’s book ‘On Monarchy’? ’’ reads one entry on the website. ‘‘No, he doesn’t and never has done, at breakfast or any other time.’’


As Britain’s monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, 86, celebrated 60 years on the throne this year, courtiers are gradually managing the process of succession. The prince will celebrate his 64th birthday Wednesday.

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Charles has a reputation for eccentricity. In 1994 he was mocked in the press for revealing he talks to plants. He has been a vocal critic of some modern architecture, including calling an extension of the National Gallery in London a ‘‘monstrous carbuncle.’’ He criticized traditional science in a 1996 speech in which he said it had assumed a ‘‘tyranny’’ over ‘‘our understanding of the world.’’

The website also denies that Charles advocates dangerous and untested medical therapies.

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