PRINCE CHARLES and Prince William were reunited for a merry snap on Fathers’ Day but Charles has previously been embattled with his in-laws in his bid to see his son and his family, unearthed reports have revealed.
The Prince of Wales felt like he was being “edged out” by Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl in the Daily Mail in 2016. Charles had noticed that the Cambridges seemed to spend more time with the Middletons than with him. One friend told Ms Nicholl that Charles felt the Middletons enjoyed “more than their fair share of time with George and Charlotte” and that he held a “grudge” about it.
However, another royal source insisted that Charles was partly to blame for this state of affairs.
They said: “Charles is his own worst enemy.
“When he is at Sandringham, he doesn’t want to bother William and Catherine, he wants for them to call rather than take the initiative himself.
“Occasionally the couple come to Highgrove, but it’s never relaxed unless Charles is in the garden with the children.
Prince Charles was “his own worst enemy” in his battle to see William and Kate (Image: GETTY)
Charles and William on Fathers’ Day (Image: Kensingtonroyal (Instagram))
“The visits are occasional. It’s a long way for the Cambridges to come from Anmer, and they’ve only been to Highgrove with the kids a couple of times.”
What’s more, Charles works extremely hard, dedicating a huge chunk of his life to his charitable causes and official duties.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also have a packed schedule of royal duties, while having three young children to care for.
This means their timetables rarely match up, whereas the Middletons own a successful business and are able to control their own work times, so they are more available to spend time with the grandchildren.
William, Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: GETTY)
They even help with childcare sometimes, and are said to take the children when Kate and William are on duties abroad.
However, if Charles made more effort when they were at Sandringham or picked up the phone now and then, he would see and hear more of the family, according to insiders.
Another friend of Charles claimed: “Neither of them pick up the phone to each other and weeks can pass without them having a proper catch-up.”
That said, Charles has made an effort to make Highgrove seem like an enticing place to come and visit.
William and Kate on a royal engagement with Charles and Camilla (Image: GETTY)
He had a thatched treehouse in the garden refurbished and even installed a £20,000 shepherd’s hut in the wildflower meadow.
Sadly, both have remained rather empty.
Charles also hoped to go on holiday with William, Kate and the children, like the Middletons have.
One friend said it had been “years” since William went away with his father and that he wanted to “do his own thing”.
They said: “Charles would love to do something like a family skiing holiday, but William’s not interested.
“He wants to do his own thing these days and often his father doesn’t know where he is or what he’s doing.
“When William and the family nipped off to Courchevel for a few days’ skiing at the start of the year, Charles had no idea they were away. He was rather hurt.”
Nevertheless, Charles still felt resentment towards Carole and Michael Michael Middleton for what he sees as monopolising the family, especially after Prince George’s third birthday party in 2016.
The party, hosted by the Middletons, who prepped for the event while Charles had a meeting at Clarence House, left Charles feeling rather “left out”.
He still attended, however, although Camilla had commitments elsewhere.
Carole was apparently “devastated” when she found out Charles was complaining that he never gets to see Prince George.
A friend claimed: “All she has ever wanted is to be a good mother and grandmother, not upset anyone in the process.”
According to the Daily Mail, a spokesman for the Palace declined to
comment on relations between the in-laws.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK