Prince Charles ‘hates non-round ice cubes so gets valet to travel with tray’

Prince Charles hates square ice cubes so much he has a valet carry rounded ones with him, according to a sensational claim by author Katherine McGee.

Speaking on podcast Royally Obsessed, the author said she read a biography which claimed Prince Charles went to incredible efforts to avoid having the typical ice cube shape in his glass.

Advising to take the "dishy" revelations in Kitty Kelley's book, The Royals, with a "grain of salt", she none-the-less described some of the bizarre details inside.

Ms McGee said: "Like, for instance, Prince Charles travels with an ice cube tray that makes only round ice cubes.

"He can't stand ice cubes that are not round, it's like a pet peeve of his, the way they clink together, and so he has this little tray for his golfball size round ice cubes."

The Prince of Wales is not alone in the Royal Family when it comes to his particular dislike, with his mum the Queen also said to favour round ice cubes so they don't make a clinking noise against the glass.

Round ice cubes are preferred by high-end bartenders and mixologists for other reasons, too.

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The spherical shape exposes less surface area than a cube of the same volume, meaning it will melt more slowly while keeping the drink chilled.

In turn, the drink will not get diluted by water so quickly.

Prince Charles recently shared an affectionate photograph of himself with Prince Harry on social media, wishing his younger son a happy 36th birthday.

The heir to the throne is alleged to have been in a "power struggle" with his own brother Prince Andrew and advised the Queen to "slim down" the monarchy.

Sasha Swire, the wife of former Tory MP Sir Hugo Swire, wrote in her book Diary of an MP's Wife: Inside and Outside Power the tension was obvious.

She wrote: "It is clear there is a power struggle taking place between him and Prince Charles.

"A lot of Andrew’s embarrassing friendships with oligarchs, and his imploring anyone who will listen to bail out his wife, has strained their relationship."

Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's ex-wife, came back from the brink of bankruptcy in 2010.

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