Prince Charles Has Squirrels Running Around His House???

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Prince William says that Prince Charles straight-up lets squirrels run around Birkhall, his home in Scotland. Also, he names them. At this point, he’s just tossing out tabloid headlines to royal reporters like gold coins thrown to medieval Londoners.


As part of the frankly rather aggressive national festivities to celebrate Prince Charles’s 70th birthday, the man himself guest edited an issue of Britain’s Country Life magazine. (Checks out.) People combed the issue for details and discovered that Prince Charles is obsessed with red squirrels.

You see, Prince William says so: “He is completely infatuated by the red squirrels that live around the [Birkhall] estate in Scotland — to the extent that he’s given them names and is allowing them into the house!” I am truly beginning to wonder about the relationship between these two, but Charles seemed to confirm the story:

In another article on the animals, Charles notes, “They come into the house at Birkhall and we get them chasing each other round and round inside. If I sit there quietly, they will do so around me. Sometimes, when I leave my jackets on a chair with nuts in the pockets, I see them with their tails sticking out, as they hunt for nuts — they are incredibly special creatures.”

This is officially the most aristocrat thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life, surpassing even the Marquess of Bath and his “wifelets” and Somerset safari park.

Senior Editor, Attic Haunter, Jezebel



Ah. I can see how that might be confusing to someone who isn’t British

The relevant part is that they’re red squirrels. Reds have been virtually wiped out since the arrival of the American grey squirrels in the 19th century. So while there are grey squirrels everywhere, the reds are rather rare. We Brits have a bit of a soft spot for the remaining red squirrels.