For years, Prince Charles felt left out of his son, William's life. But now, the father and son appear to be in a good place. Prince Charles proved it with his words after William's comment about inheritance in 2021. Find out more.
Princess Diana was always a bit of a trailblazer and was never afraid to tread her own path, and it certainly was not any different when it came to the birth of her sons.
The late Princess of Wales opted to give birth to her first son, Prince William, at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington. It might not sound unusual, but before that, royal mothers welcomed their babies in Royal palaces.
However, Princess Anne gave birth to her two children in a hospital in 1977 and 1981, respectively. However, on June 21, 1982, Prince William became the first future monarch to be born in a maternity ward. His father, Prince Charles, witnessed the delivery.
Following Prince William's birth, the monarch was introduced to the royal family members, and many of them had nice things to say. However, there was one comment made about the baby boy that some found surprising.
Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and Prince William at Eton in September 1995 | Photo: Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth's comment when she finally met her grandson for the first time was not what anyone expected. The monarch said (via The News),
"Thank heavens he hasn't ears like his father."
While many may have considered the Queen's words a joke, they appeared unflattering to Prince Charles, as he had been ridiculed for his ears for many years. Here are more details about Prince Charles, his parenthood, and his children's lives.
INSIDE PRINCE CHARLES' PARENTHOOD
Sometimes, people's actions in their adult years are linked to their childhood experiences, which was not any different for Prince Charles.
In 2021, Tom Quinn, a royal author, revealed in "Charles & Harry: Father & Son Divided" that the Prince of Wales' poor parenting decisions were tied to how he was treated as a child.
According to the author, Prince Charles never received any parenting from his parents, who were often away. Due to his parent's absence, the young prince was left in the care of nannies in a Victorian Way.
So, when Prince Charles finally became a father, those experiences appeared to have played a massive role in his treatment of William and Harry.
However, when he did devote time to them, it was quality time. The royal brothers saw their father as "incredibly hardworking" and a regular dad.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets residents of The Guinness Partnership's 250th affordable home in Poundbury on May 8, 2015 in Dorchester, Dorset | Photo: Getty Images
In the documentary "When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince's Trust," William and Harry explained that Prince Charles would embarrass them in school by laughing at the wrong time.
According to the duo, things like special effects malfunctioning at a school play seemed amusing to their dad. Unfortunately, while William and Harry knew their father for being cheerful and making them laugh, the Prince of Wales would be the one to break the worst of news to them — the death of their mother.
WILLIAM/HARRY'S STRAINED RELATIONSHIP WITH CHARLES
Before Diana passed away in 1997, her marriage with Prince Charles collapsed due to the latter's affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. It was heartbreaking for Harry and William and affected their initial perception of Parker Bowles.
So, Prince Charles remained sensitive about his children's feelings regarding his new girlfriend and never brought her home until William and Harry asked to meet her.
Although the brothers finally accepted Parker Bowles, their relationship with their father had already been strained due to Prince Charles and Diana's divorce.
The Prince of Wales allegedly believed that his ex-wife had poisoned William and Harry's minds toward their father. Nevertheless, the father of two still kept in touch with his boys during their period of education.
WILLIAM AND THE MIDDLETON'S RELATIONSHIP
In 2011, William walked down the aisle with Kate Middleton, forming a solid bond between the Royal Family and the Middletons. According to Royal Author Katie Nicholl, The Queen openly accepted William's parents-in-law.
It was not difficult for the Queen to do so as Nicholl revealed that William already had a great relationship with his parents-in-law right from him and Middleton's dating years and insisted on the Royal Family treating them well.
To date, William still shares a great bond with his wife's parents. Surprisingly their closeness has caused a bit of a problem between the Duke of Cambridge and his father in the past.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, The Prince Of Wales, and Heir Prince William at Clarence House | Photo: Getty Images
A Royal expert made it known that William's close bond with his parents-in-law made Prince Charles feel left out of his son's life. According to the expert, staff often overheard explosive rows between the father and son.
The rift became even more evident when William and his brother took part in an ITV documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's death and left Prince Charles' name out of the entire documentary. This left the Prince of Wales upset about his sons' decision to write him entirely out of their history.
PRINCE CHARLES AND WILLIAMS' CURRENT RELATIONSHIP
Recent times have seen William and Prince Charles mend their relationship. According to a report, the former has noticed similarities between him and his dad and believes that he is similar to Prince Charles in more ways than he would admit.
The father and son are becoming closer by the day. In 2021, Prince Charles proved he and William were in a good place when he commented on his son's words about inheriting the Duchy.
The Duke of Cambridge had revealed that he had started thinking about how he would inherit the Duchy once his father became king. William said (via The Sun),
"I think it's really important, about the family angle, I really do."
The Duke of Cambridge also mentioned his thoughts of passing the estate to his kids when the time comes. Following William's revelation, Prince Charles noted that he was touched. In his words (via The Sun),
"When I saw it, I couldn't believe it — I was deeply touched and moved by what he said."
Overall, the Prince of Wales is proud of William and the roles he has played and is playing in the area.
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