Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II grew up with Princess Margaret as her only friend. Pictured: The Queen arrives for the state banquet in her honour at Schloss Bellevue palace on the second of the royal couple's four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Getty Images/Sean Gallup

Queen Elizabeth II reportedly had a sad upbringing when she was much younger.

In the Netflix documentary “The Royals,” it was revealed that Her Majesty grew up without any friends. Even though the attitude towards children were beginning to change at that time, royal protocol was still strictly adhered to within the palace.

Royal author Philip Dampier said that the Queen did have a strange childhood. However, strange didn’t mean by royal standards, but it was just odd. When the Queen was still known as Princess Elizabeth, she was homeschooled by a governess.

“I don’t think it was unhappy but it was clearly very lonely. She didn’t really have any friends because she didn’t go to school,” Dampier said.

Growing up, the Queen only played with her cousins.

Royal editor Ingrid Seward seconded Dampier’s statements and said that the Queen was indeed lonely as a child. But things changed a bit for her when Princess Margaret was born.

“They didn’t really play with other children. They made friends from their stuffed animals,” Seward said.

Princess Margaret was born in 1930 when the Queen was just 4 years old. They normally played with their toy horses. When Princess Margaret was still very young, she remembered going to the park and seeing other children playing with each other.

“She thought, ‘Oh how exciting their lives must be and we can’t even talk to them,’” Seward said.

Royal historian Rafe Reydel-Mankoo said that the royal siblings even had to create a girl guides group so the Queen that they could engage with people their own age. And when the Queen got older and until this day, what she didn’t experience as a kid is something that has impacted her interaction with other people.

“In many respects, it accounts for her personality - Her relative aloofness and reserved nature with those not in her family,” Reydel-Mankoo said.

Meanwhile, Dampier said that the Queen grew up to still be affectionate towards her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This is something she did not experience with her own father George VI. The royal author said that George VI was uncomfortable with any great show of affection.