• Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth have a complicated relationship
  • Prince Charles used to think that the Queen was cold and distant 
  • Prince Charles grew up under the care of nannies 

Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth’s relationship is reportedly complicated.

A royal source recently shed light on the royals’ relationship while speaking with The Sun.

“The relationship between the Queen and Prince Charles has always been complicated, even as a bond between a mother and her eldest son, let alone as a complex entanglement of expectations and shared history between a monarch and her heir,” the source said.

The insider added that Prince Charles has oftentimes accused Her Majesty of being cold, distant, or unavailable.

When Prince Charles was still young, he was left under the care of his nannies because his parents were busy with their royal engagements and overseas trips. While speaking with Town & Country, royal historian Robert Lacey said that the monarch didn’t see any problem with this kind of setup because she was also brought up in the same manner.

Since the Queen Mother and King George VI were also very busy, the Queen and Princess Margaret were entrusted to a governess. Home tutors were also the ones that helped them with their studies.

In the book “Prince Charles,” royal author Sally Bedell Smith said that the Queen had less time with her children after the death of her father because this was when she became the Queen.

Her Majesty and Prince Philip only saw their two eldest children after breakfast and tea time. The Queen also relied on the Duke of Edinburgh to make the major decisions of their family.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles reportedly grew up to be much closer to his grandmother than his own mother. When the Queen Mother passed away in 2012, the future King said that his grandmother meant everything to him.

“For me, she meant everything and I had dreaded, dreaded this moment along with, I know, countless others. Somehow, I never thought it would come. She seemed gloriously unstoppable and, since I was a child, I adored her,” he said.

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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