The Secrets Behind Prince Charles’ Horrible Relationship With His Parents
People often give praise to Prince William and Kate Middleton for their parenting skills. However, other British royal family members receive less than astronomical comments in the parenting department. William’s own father, Prince Charles, got different criticism as a father figure over the years.
But that doesn’t compare to Prince Charles’ relationship with his parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. We finally reveal the Royal family secrets of the rocky relationship Prince Charles had with them growing up.
So, without further a due, let's delve into the life of the Prince and his parents.
1. Mostly smiles now
We've recently seen photos of warm, even foolish, interactions between Prince Charles and his mother, the reigning queen of England. There have been rumors that their bond has grown over the years, and that Queen Elizabeth has become more easy-going in her old age.
2. The parents who weren’t there
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were not around much in Charles’ early life. Charles was only a couple years old when his mother became queen. She immediately grew occupied with royal duties and traveling. The royal family even took a six-month tour of the Commonwealth countries in 1954. Charles was about five years old at the time.
3. Who really raised Prince Charles?
Prince Charles and his younger siblings were initially raised by nannies, whether they were at home or traveling with their parents. Charles had an especially close relationship with his grandmother, the Queen Mother, so they say.
4. The Queen Mother’s role
It’s no secret that the Queen Mother was close with her grandchildren. But it has been extensively stated that she stepped in as a mother figure for Charles while Queen Elizabeth was reportedly not available. At the Queen Mother’s funeral, Prince Charles said that “she meant the world” to him and that he had “dreaded” her passing.
5. Was the queen really that distant?
This is one question that we have to ask because Prince Charles’ opinion of the queen as a mother is very diverse from that of his siblings. Princess Anne was quoted as saying: “I simply don’t believe there is any evidence whatsoever to suggest that she wasn’t caring as much as it was needed. It just beggars belief”.
6. Why was their relationship so strained?
We can understand that Prince Charles has such a contrasting view of how Queen Elizabeth was as a mother because she became queen so soon after he was born. She reportedly became closer to Anne when the Princess was a teenager. And since Charles’ younger brothers, Princes Andrew and Edward, are much younger, it’s assumed their relationship with Elizabeth is better.
7. What about Charles' relationship with his father?
The one thing we can all agree on is Prince Charles’ fractured connection with his father, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh has even said himself that he and his oldest son are very different people, and their diverse personalities made them distant. It’s also believed that Philip’s own disturbed childhood affected how he was as a father.
8. Prince Philip only communicated by letter
This may be the most unexpected revelation about this father-son dynamic. Prince Philip didn’t have heart-to-heart talks with his eldest son. Well, they didn’t even have many face-to-face discussions either. Instead, Prince Philip supposedly sent Prince Charles hand-written letters to get the point across. That really is impersonal.
9. When it came to marriage
Regardless of what the relationship was like with his parents, it’s widely believed that they both pushed Prince Charles into getting married. Both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were supposedly growing tired of Charles’ bachelor ways and were more persistent that he commit to his girlfriend, Lady Diana Spencer. Prince Philip reportedly wrote a letter to Charles telling him to marry Diana or let her go.
10. The infamous ‘mistress’ quote
It’s no secret that Prince Charles and Princess Diana had a disturbed marriage. One of the most obvious problems was that Charles was still in love with his old flame, Camilla Parker-Bowles and had an affair with her. It was later published that Prince Philip permitted him to have a mistress, saying that if things didn’t work out with Diana that he could start seeing Camilla on the side.
11. Did the familial problems affect Diana?
It’s possible that Charles’ damaged relationship with his parents affected his relationship with Princess Diana. There have certainly been plenty of reports that Princess Diana didn’t have a good relationship with Queen Elizabeth. The stories of who Diana got along with Prince Philip vary a great deal, from reports of significant quarrels to talk that Philip tried to help Diana after the separation.
12. How it affected Camilla
There was reportedly an indisputable rift between Prince Charles and his mother when it came to Diana’s death, and his following relationship with Camilla. Queen Elizabeth allegedly didn’t want Charles to pursue a relationship with Camilla following his divorce from Diana. However, when he was mourning Diana’s tragic death, the queen was reportedly cold towards him and left the supportive role to Camilla.
13. How it affected Charles’ siblings
Prince Charles’ comments about his relationship with his parents have no doubt drawn the fury of his three younger siblings. However, it’s more likely just sibling rivalry than anything else. We already pointed to Princess Anne’s refusal to the comments that Elizabeth was a cold mother, but keep in mind, she and Prince Charles don’t agree on a majority of things.
14. Did it shape Prince Charles as a father?
There was speculation that the Prince of Wales himself was a bit emotionally distant as a father. However, Princes William and Harry have always said good things about their relationship with their dad. Charles was reportedly a very hands-on father, even when he was away for royal duties. He also tried his best to fill a dual parent roll after Diana past away.
15. Elizabeth and Philip as grandparents
Whatever the public have said about Prince Charles’ relationship with his parents, there’s no denying that they stepped up when it came to being grandparents. Queen Elizabeth was reportedly always present for Princes William and Harry as they were growing up, especially since they no longer had a mother. Even Prince Philip has noticeably filled in the position well.
16. Adjusting to the latest additions
As the royal family continues to grow, we’ve been getting even more aspects on the new family dynamic. Both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have excellent relationships with their granddaughters-in-law, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. The heads of the royal family also reportedly have a very loving relationship with their great-grandchildren, too.
We hope you enjoyed reading this insider information regarding the royal family and what they do behind closed doors. At least they are making an effort with their grandkids, but it's a pity they were not there for their kids. Remember to share this with your friends and family, and keep up-to-date with us for more royal scoop.