Princes Charles has famously described his time at boarding school Gordonstoun as "Colditz in kilts".
The young prince is said to have hated his time at the Scottish school, where there are claims he was mercilessly bullied by his peers and struggled to adjust to the spartan life there.
But one of the Prince of Wales’ friends at Cambridge, where he studied at Trinity College, has now revealed the hardships he also endured there.
Broderick Munro-Wilson, who was at the college at the same time as the young royal, claims he wasn’t even allowed to choose his own friends.
Not only that but even those who could have a casual conversation with him were also on "a list", approved by college bosses.
Speaking as part of a new Channel 5 documentary, Paxman On The Queen’s Children, Broderick says: "The master of the college decided who should be his friends.
"I think there was even a list for people who could talk to him."
Despite this, and the constant presence of an entourage of body guards, Prince Charles was a dedicated student.
According to pal Broderick he "went to all his lectures and worked hard".
Charles had not excelled academically during his time at Gordonstoun.
He left with two A-levels, a B in history and a C in French.
The prince is also said to have struggled with freezing cross country runs and the the physical demands of life at the school.
Although during a speech in 1975 he said: "It was only tough in the sense that it demanded more of you as an individual thanmost other schools did – mentally or physically."
It was decided at a palace dinner party that the heir to the throne would attend university at Cambridge.
Charles read anthropology, archeology and history at Cambridge and even studied the Welsh language for a term at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth.
He graduated with a 2.2 BA in 1970 and was awarded an MA from his college five years later.
He was the first member of the royal family to graduate from university.
Following his time at Cambridge, Charles went to naval college and served on the HMS Norfolk and the HMS Minerva.
He took command of the HMS Bronington in 1976 for the last 10 months of his naval career.
- Paxman On The Queen’s Children is on Channel 5 at 9pm tonight.
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