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

She has officially named him as her heir now, but Queen Elizabeth reportedly considered “giving up” on Prince Charles and was grooming Prince William for the role instead.

In the “Inside Windsor Castle” documentary, royal commentators Paul Burrell and Richard Kay revealed that while Prince William studied at the Berkshire Institution, Queen Elizabeth used Sunday get-togethers over tea to educate him om his role as a future king after she nearly “gave up” on his father as the one who would succeed her because of his streak of independence.

“She did use those occasions to begin his education in the art of kingship and the like,” Kay said. “In many ways, the Queen had almost given up on Prince Charles. Charles was such an independent heir to the throne, determined to do things his own way whereas William has proved to be more malleable, perhaps.”

“He’s certainly been more open to his grandmother’s approach to monarchy and he is likely to be much more a chip off her block than a chip off of his father’s block,” he added.

Burrel echoed the claims, stating that the Queen was trying to educate her grandson about the monarchy’s history, so he would be the royal she hoped for him to be.

Of course, while the Queen may have been frustrated by her oldest son and his penchant for doing things differently, she has still named him as her official heir, meaning he will take his place as the next King of England following her death. However, even if she approves of him taking over, several members of the British public do not.

According to Express UK, a survey by BMG research showed that 46 percent of Britons would prefer that Charles abdicate the throne in favor of his son taking over immediately after he succeeds the title.

The issue of Charles abdicating the throne in favor of his son has been addressed before, specifically in the 2015 documentary, “The Madness of Prince Charles,” where it was revealed that the amount of time he has been waiting to take the throne has weighed significantly on him.

“I think it’s very difficult that he has to be he Kin-in-waiting for so long,” former Royal Navy shipmate Paul Henke said in the film. “On the other hand, we’re all living longer, the Queen’s going to live a lot longer. Hopefully, Prince Charles comes to the throne and he’s going to live a long time. The worst thing that could happen is for his son [Prince William] to come to the throne too young.”

However, the film also noted that Prince Charles wasn’t interested in abdicating, meaning those who prefer William to be King will need to wait until it is officially his time.

“I certainly don’t think he’s preparing to hand over to William or to abdicate himself. I think he will become King,” biographer Penny Junor also stated in the film.