Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were apprehensive of "loose cannon" Prince Charles' suitability for the British throne
Charles' parents thought he harbored a revolutionary zeal to make his mark with all sorts of weird causes and initiatives, which to them veered on the brink of quackery
For years, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were extremely apprehensive about making their eldest son, Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne. According to multiple sources in the palace, Prince Charles' parents doubted his suitability for the throne and regarded him as something of a 'loose cannon'.
It is further being reported that they thought Charles was prone to anger way too quickly, had a tendency to throw tantrums, and harbored an almost revolutionary zeal to 'make his mark' with all sorts of weird causes and initiatives, which to them veered on the brink of quackery.
And even to this day, Prince Charles and his father Prince Philip loudly disagree on occasion, and it is said that if a stranger walked into a room during one of their debates, he might suspect a fight was about to take place. "Of course, they love each other," said a senior source close to Charles.
"They always kiss each other when they meet, but on occasion, they fundamentally disagree about big issues. These discussions may look quite heated, but actually, they are just passionate people —passionate about what they believe in. That doesn't make them enemies, it just means they disagree."
But a lot of people argue that the reason behind Charles being considered a 'loose cannon' could be his ultra-traditional childhood, where he saw more of his nannies and other members of the staff than his own parents, who were mostly busy with protecting the larger interests of the monarchy. This could also be considered as the root of Charles' restlessness and constant desire to prove himself.
"The trouble is I always feel that unless I rush about doing things and trying to help furiously, I will not be seen to be relevant and I will be considered a mere playboy," he wrote in a private letter of March 31, 1987, according to reports.
But an older Charles seems to have left all this animosity towards his parents behind him now. And although he still feels like he can be considered irrelevant, he at least now views his parents in a very different light.
Charles admits that he finally came to realize that neither the Queen nor his father Prince Philip should be blamed for what he regarded as an unhappy childhood. He believes, instead, that the couple did their best for all their children, within the constraints of their position.