Of all the members in the British Royal Family, the relationship between Prince Philip and Prince Charles is probably the least speculated upon.
But the father-son relationship between Prince Philip and his eldest son Prince Charles is actually thought to be extremely fraught at times.
Prince Charles has described his father as “harsh” and “hectoring” in the past and Philip has acknowledged the fact they are polar opposites, telling royal biographer Gyles Brandreth in 2016 that Charles is “a romantic, and I’m a pragmatist. That means we do see things differently. And because I don’t see things as a romantic would, I’m unfeeling.”
Royal correspondents believe the relationship is flawed, in part, because Prince Philip wasn’t around for Prince Charles at an early age.
In documentary, Prince Philip - A King Among Princes, Robert Johnson claims the fact Prince Philip didn’t have any “serious role models when growing up” became a bit of a “handicap” during Prince Charles' formative years.
Much is made of the fact Prince Philip had a tough childhood himself. He barely knew his own father which might have contributed to a disconnect with his son.
Charles was only four years old when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended to the throne and many reports suggest he spent a lot of time with the Queen Mother at this time because his parents were off on official duties. Prince Philip was duly glued to the Queen’s side from day dot.
Some reports go as far to say Charles blamed his father for forcing him to get married to the late Princess Diana.