Charles’ inner circle includes ‘handsome hunk’ and Winston Churchill’s grandson

Charles III is set to enter his fourth week on the throne and has no doubt leaned on the support of his closest pals.

But the King's inner circle of closest allies isn't your average friend group – the monarch counts among his buddies a handsome kilt-wearing soldier, a diplomat with an impressive combover, and even Winston Churchill's lookalike grandson.

His most obvious supporter is the Queen Consort Camilla, who has reliably been by his side since the death of his mother on September 8 of this year.

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Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond said his wife's presence "soothes and calms him".

She told the Mirror: "She is his rock; the foundation on which his Kingship will succeed or founder."

Meanwhile his son, the newly-appointed Prince of Wales, is another notable supporter and has "realised that the time has now come for him too to realise his own destiny," according to royal expert Russell Myers.

And it isn't just family he counts among his nearest and dearest.

Sir Clive Alderton is one of Charles' longest-standing employees, having started working for the King in 2006 when he was the Prince of Wales before working his way up to the position of private secretary.

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The diplomat, formerly Britain's ambassador to Morocco, often accompanies Charles on his overseas tours and is reportedly "adored" by Camilla.

In 2020, the combover-sporting aide took on a key role in negotiations between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Firm as the Sussexes stepped down as working royals – according to The Times, inside sources even suggest he came up with the phrase "recollections may vary".

Sir Alderton is expected to soon be announced as Charles' private secretary soon.

Charles also has some eye candy among his inner circle in the form of "tremendous hunk" Major Jonathan Thompson.

The 39-year-old has been spotted with Charles on a number of occasions since the King came to the throne, often sporting his trademark traditional kilt.

Major Thompson is an equerry of the 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland – meaning he was drawn from the Armed Forces to assist the royals both inside their residences and during engagements.

And he has his fair share of admirers too, with one fan writing on Twitter: "Major Jonny Thompson is a tremendous hunk!"

One of Charles' oldest friends has also remained by his side, and he may look familiar to some eagle-eyed fans.

Ex-MP Sir Nicholas Soames has been a close bud of the King since they were teens, and is also the grandson and spitting image of Sir Winston Churchill.

Following the Queen's death, Sir Nicholas spoke about how Charles would deal with the pressures of the new role.

He said: "As the King said […], as he embarks on his new responsibilities, clearly his life will change, and his views and the way that he conducts himself will observe, of course, the constitutional principles.

"The Prince of Wales has served a long apprenticeship at the feet of an absolute master and he knows very well what the constitutional obligations are."

Peter St Clair-Erskine, former master of the household at Clarence House, is also expected to stick around as the couple make the transition to Buckingham Palace living.

As master of the household his role to ensure the King and Queen's public life runs as smoothly as possible.

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