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


                            Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were apprehensive of "loose cannon" Prince Charles' suitability for the British throne

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.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, who is Head Boy here, pictured during a visit to Gordonstoun School, where she opened their new Sports Centre, Scotland, July 24th 1967. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, who is Head Boy here, pictured during a visit to Gordonstoun School, where she opened their new Sports Centre, Scotland, July 24th 1967. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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."

Queen Elizabeth II Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Queen Elizabeth II Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales watch the 2017 Braemar Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 2, 2017 in Braemar, Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales watch the 2017 Braemar Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 2, 2017 in Braemar, Scotland.

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. 

(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England.
(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England.