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Prince Harry Says Dad King Charles Would Bring Teddy Bear ‘Everywhere’ He Went

Sometimes adults need stuffed animals too

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It's been almost a year since Prince Harry, 39, released his tell-all memoir, Spare, which smashed sales records and revealed all kinds of shocking, never-before-heard stories involving the royal family.

Now, as we near the one-year anniversary of the memoir’s release, we're looking back at some of the most surprising revelations, including when the Duke of Sussex divulged that his father, King Charles III, 75, would carry around a teddy bear with him everywhere he went.

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If you don't recall, the 39-year-old royal revealed this tidbit in Spare, saying that his father was quite attached to a stuffed bear that he had named “Teddy.”

“Teddy went everywhere with Pa,” the Duke of Sussex wrote. “It was a pitiful object, with broken arms and dangly threads, holes patched up here and there. It looked, I imagined, like Pa might have after the bullies had finished with them. Teddy expressed eloquently, better than Pa ever could, the essential loneliness of his childhood.”

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In his memoir, Prince Harry is referring to the period when his father attended the boarding school Gordonstoun, where he was reportedly bullied, according to accounts in Jonathan Dimbleby’s authorized biography of the royal.

It seems that King Charles may have grown an attachment to the teddy bear during this time, and Prince Harry isn't the first royal to make this claim.

In his book The King: The Life of Charles III, royal expert Christopher Andersen wrote that the royal “[still] travels with a childhood teddy bear.” He also included a quote from King Charles's valet, Michael Fawcett, who said, “Every time that teddy needed to be repaired, you would think it was his own child having major surgery.”

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We don't see any shame in sentimentality, King Charles.

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