Prince Charles revealed to different royal authors that he was never close to his parents because they are always absent and strict. And some photos of the heir to the throne with his mother proved just that.

In a throwback snap, the dad of two is hanging out with Her Majesty. And even though they are chatting and having a good laugh, the two royals body language suggests that they are very distant from each other.

Prince Charles is standing a few feet away from his mom, and he isn’t also making eye contact. While the Queen is standing on Prince Charles’ left side, the future King is leaning towards his right to maintain an even bigger distance between him and the monarch. Prince Charles’ hands are also placed on his back.

The Queen isn’t also making eye contact with her son. Her fists are clenched, which suggests that she doesn’t want to be touched. Her other hand is holding her bag. Both the Queen and Prince Charles have faint smiles on their faces, which suggests that they are not very comfortable in that moment.

In the past, Martin Charteris, a former long-term senior advisor to the Queen, said that Prince Charles and the Queen’s contacts were usually lacking in warmth especially when they were much younger. After all, the 93-year-old royal is not very good when it comes to showing affection.

This is the reason why when the Queen and Prince Philip returned from their six-week tour, Prince Charles shook his mother’s hand instead of giving her a tight hug.

And when it comes to Prince Philip, Prince Charles always saw his dad as a tough disciplinarian. In the book “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life,” the heir to the throne was described as a sensitive child. As such, the Duke of Edinburgh’s disciplinarian side was hard for him to take in.

Princess Anne, on the other hand, was tough. And she usually fought back so she didn’t take her dad disciplinarian side negatively.

Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles pose with officers during an official visit to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at Hyde Park Barracks on October 24, 2017 in London. Getty Images/Chris Jackson