Why Prince Charles' red cheeks could signal this chronic health condition

Prince Charles' red cheeks have long been the subject of royal speculation

Why Prince Charles' red cheeks could signal this chronic health condition
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Prince Charles' red cheeks have long been a key feature of his rosy complexion, but they could also point to a common—and sometimes embarrassing—health condition. 


Prince Charles has been snapped looking red-faced on multiple occasions throughout his career, with his cheeks often bearing the brunt of the uncontrollable blushes. 

These flare-ups date back to his wedding to Princess Diana in 1981 and have unfortunately continued to afflict him to this day. Royal fans have been quick to point out his red cheeks over the decades, with many sharing their (unproven) theories as to why he appears so ruddy. They also haven't held back when it comes to the rest of his body, taking to Twitter to ring the alarm about Prince Charles' swollen 'sausage' fingers back in August. Now that's what we can concern. 

While many attribute scarlet cheeks to feelings of embarrassment or shame, they can also be caused by underlying physiological factors. Contrary to popular belief, however, a red face does not necessarily mean a person has high blood pressure. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019 in London, England. The Queen's speech is expected to announce plans to end the free movement of EU citizens to the UK after Brexit, new laws on crime, health and the environment. (Photo by Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Charles looking red-faced next to the Queen during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019

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"Flushed or red skin comes as a result of blood vessels opening and blood rushing to the surface," explains Dr. Ioannis Liakas, Medical Director at Vie Aesthetics in London. "This can be due to a number of reasons including overheating, feeling anxious or embarrassed, from drinking alcohol or from skin conditions like rosacea."

Prince Charles, now 72, may also be at a higher risk of this redness because of his advanced age. 

"Older people tend to notice this more frequently because as we grow old, we produce less collagen and elastin which means the connective tissues in our skin weaken and blood vessels are allowed to expand further," adds Dr. Liakas. 

Luckily, it appears that Prince has seen some promising improvements in these pesky royal flushes in recent weeks. Despite following a busy schedule at the COP26 climate summit in Scotland and worrying about the Queen's 'fragile' condition, Charles' redness was noticeably softer in photos and videos from his latest engagements. 

It's possible that the future King has implemented some tactical measures to achieve this fresher look, such as slathering on the SPF and avoiding irritating skin products. 

"The sun can be a powerful trigger for most people’s skin, so protection is key," explains Dr. Kaywaan Khan, Medical Director at Hannah London

Emma Dooney
Emma Dooney

Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.