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If anyone understands what life in the spotlight is like, it's Prince Charles. His mother, Queen Elizabeth, became the reigning monarch when he was just 3 years old, and, as such, his life was changed forever. Charles went from a little kid, fairly distant from the throne, to the heir seemingly overnight. Along with it came the attention, the press, and the judgment — so, as you can imagine, his life hasn't always been a bed of roses.