Prince Charles' insecurity highlighted in new images from Clarence House

Prince Charles hides one part of his body in new photos that celebrate the launch of the Royal British Legion’s Centenary Poppy Appeal

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Prince Charles' insecurity is highlighted in a new post from Clarence House as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall launch the poppy appeal in the UK.


Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla recently met with 10 extraordinary collectors at Clarence House—each represented one of the 10 decades of the Royal British Legion. 

Photographs of the royals mingling with the guests were posted on the royal's social media accounts as the Prince and Duchess promoted the important cause that raises money for and support for the Armed Forces. 

In the selection of images, Prince Charles was photographed with his hands either in his pockets, at an angle, or at a distance to disguise one of his insecurities. 

During previous royal engagements, Prince Charles' fingers have sparked concern because of their enlarged swollen appearance. Fans compared the Prince's fingers to 'sausages' and many worried that something was terribly wrong with the Prince.

It was discovered that the Prince's condition could be linked to high blood pressure, dactylitis, or psoriatic arthritis.

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Although there is a medical explanation for this condition, it is clear that the Prince is still self-conscious about showing his hands and therefore his fingers were not fully in view in the images posted by the Clarence House social media accounts.

In other images taken of the day, it is clear that Prince Charles does not let this insecurity hold him back in person as he chatted and mingled with guests and didn't shy away from gesturing with his hands as he chatted.

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In the caption of the post, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall explained a little bit about the Royal British Legion's cause and why the charity is close to their hearts.

"In November 1921, the Royal British Legion’s first Poppy Appeal took place and the nation adopted the annual tradition of placing a small red flower on their clothing to signify respect and support for the Armed Forces community, their service, and their sacrifice."

"The significance of the poppy is as relevant today as it ever was, while our Armed Forces continue to be engaged in operations overseas and often in the most demanding of circumstances" it read.

Prince Charles also spoke on behalf of himself and Camilla as he said, "My wife and I are immensely proud to launch the Poppy Appeal in this seminal year and we invite the nation to come together and, once again, wear a poppy in support of our Armed Forces community. After all, every poppy counts."