Prince Charles pictured wearing hilarious disguise to go skiing without being recognised

Prince Charles thought he came up with a smart way of going under the radar while on a skiing holiday in Switzerland, but photographers soon caught up with him

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Being a member of the Royal Family means being among the most recognisable people on the planet.

And trying to go under the radar and not being recognised while going about daily life is a difficult task.

However, Prince Charles thought he had the perfect solution when wanting some privacy while on a skiing holiday in 1980.

The prince was in Klosters, Switzerland, a resort he has since visited many times for skiing.

And while there, he decided to sport a hilarious disguise of a fake moustache, false nose, joke glasses and a red hat.

But it seemed the disguise brought him even more attention, as photos from the holiday over 40 years ago show.

Prince Charles wears the disguise while on holiday in Switzerland in 1980


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Charles took the situation in good humour


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However, the prince seemed to take the situation in good humour, and according to the Daily Mail told photographers that “the prince would not be coming out today”.

Taking on a different persona is something that Charles appears to have passed on to his sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

While at university in St Andrews, Scotland, William decided to go by a different name as he was keen to go under the radar.

Charles poses with some of the photographers he tried to fool


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And the name he picked was Steve.

Although he did officially enrol at the university in the name William Wales, it is believed his classmates used the nickname so he didn’t receive any unwanted attention.

Charles, William and Harry on a skiing holiday in 2005 in Klosters


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There’s also a good chance his now wife the Duchess of Cambridge called him this, as they were close friends at university and lived in the same student accommodation.

Meanwhile, Harry used a different pseudonym after setting up a secret Instagram account.

According to the biography Finding Freedom, Meghan Markle was followed on Instagram by an account called @SpikeyMau5 – which is said to have belonged to the Prince – when they first started dating.

It is said that Harry came up with the handle due to his love of house music and that he incorporated Mau in reference to his favourite DJs – DeadMau5.

The account’s profile picture was reportedly of a mouse-shaped helmet and it is believed that the ‘spikey’ moniker had been favoured Harry for years.

‘Spike’ was a nickname sometimes used for Harry by his Scotland Yard protection offices.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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