A man who has been impersonating King Charles for almost 30 years has gotten the royal stamp of approval from the King himself.
The King Charles impersonator — also named Charles — went on ITV’s “This Morning” to talk about his life as a royal impersonator, sharing that he first realized he looked like the king when he was just a boy.
When Charles Haslett, 66, from London, was 10 years old and King Charles was 17, his mother’s friend pointed out that the two looked alike.
“My mother was with her friend in the kitchen one day and she said ‘Ooh, doesn’t your Charles look like Prince Charles?’” he shared.
Haslett revealed that he got to meet the King during his 50th birthday celebration in 1998.
“Charles said to me, ‘You are here just to get some information for your act aren’t you?,’ and I said, ‘Yes sir,’” Haslett remembered.
During the celebration, the then-Prince of Wales was on stage addressing the crowd — but the spotlight was put on Haslett, who was in a box doing his impersonation.
His impersonations bring in a decent amount of cash, earning upwards of $1,200 for three hours.
People assumed Haslett was busy after Queen Elizabeth passed, but he actually used that time to work on his impersonation.
“When the Queen died, people said ”Oh there must have been a big interest.’ But there wasn’t because it went quiet, so I used that time to equip myself to be more King-like, so I bought new suits,” he said.
As it turns out, impersonating a person goes far beyond facial expressions and mannerisms — the clothes are just as important to the act.
“The clothing is very important, I bought new suits, I have chosen to get a watch similar to Charles and a ring as well,” Haslett revealed. “The articulation of the face, and the hands are very important, the feeling of concern for others and the finger pointing.”
King Charles’ coronation will take place on May 6, and Katy Perry, Andrea Bocelli and Lionel Richie are set to perform at the musical celebration the following day.