Royal WARS: Fuming Queen Mother helped protect ‘sensitive’ Charles from Prince Philip
The Queen Mother clashed with Prince Philip over “sensitive” Prince Charles and protected him from his “alpha male father”, according to a documentary.
Prince Charles, Britain’s future King, had a close relationship with his grandmother which blossomed from a very young age.
She is said to have “encouraged” his “kind and gentle nature” and his love for music as she adored young children and was happy to indulge in them.
Royal author Gill Knappett says “she gave the young Charles hugs, encouraged his kind and gentle nature and introduced him to the world of music and art”.
Prince Charles described her as “quite simply the most magical grandmother you could possibly have”.
However, her relationship with Prince Philip was often tense because the Duke of Edinburgh was strict with his son.
Philip, who has led an intensely disciplined life, often clashed with the Prince of Wales, according to explosive Netflix documentary “The Royal House of Windsor”.
In footage from the show, the narrator says: “Not only did Charles have a remote relationship with his mother, he also had an alpha male father.”
The episode goes on to detail how Philip wanted to toughen up Charles by sending him to Gordonstoun, Philip’s old school in Scotland.
“The Queen Mother was wary of Prince Philip. She thought he bullied his son and failed to appreciate how sensitive he was,” the narrator continues.
Gordonstoun was described as a boarding school that is “anxious to develop character as well as intellect, to provide for the tough boy”.
The Queen Mother intervened with Philip and wanted Charles to go to Eton but her request was denied and the Duke of Edinburgh sent Charles to Gordonstoun.
“He hated it, whenever he could, he escaped from school to stay with his grandmother,” the narrator adds.
In other footage from the show we learn that Prince Charles “begged” the Queen Mother to take him out of the school but she refused.
However, “she said she would help him find the strength to deal with his troubles”.
It is not the first account suggesting that Charles was closer with his grandmother than he was with his parents, though.
Royal watcher Dr Piers Brendon, author of ‘The Windsors: A dynasty revealed’, said: “The Queen Mother was huggability personified, she was tremendously affectionate, and welcoming and warm and cuddly.
“Whereas the Queen was a very distant mother.”
The Queen Mother died, aged 101, on 30 March, 2002, and it was a “huge loss” for Prince Charles.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK