Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have a bit of a ‘strained’ relationship with the Cambridges, however their love for their grandchildren is undeniable.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s three children have four caring grandparents, them being Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Middletons, Carole and Michael.
However, it seems that one pair of grandparents is getting more attention and somewhat favouritism. This, understandably, has caused some tension between the couples. While some people might make the assumption that the royal family would be the biggest influence in the lives of George, Charlotte and Louis, the truth is that the Middleton family are far more involved compared to Prince Charles and Camilla.
Tom Quinn, royal expert, say this during Channel 5’s When the Middletons Met The Monarchy: “I suspect everyone thinks that in terms of the children, the royal family will inevitably have the most influence, but that is entirely wrong.
“It will be the Middletons that have the influence, because the royal family is too formal, it’s too stuck in its ways.”
A reason for this might be the fact that Prince William and Kate want to raise their kids in an as normal environment as they can, something with which the Middletons can be more of a help.
That doesn’t mean that Charles and Camilla are bad grandparents. Quite the contrary, they simply adore their grandchildren, as explained by royal biographer Jennie Bond. She talks about how the unequal time spent with each grandparent couple causes some tension between the families, saying: “I suppose there is a little tension at times between who gets to see the grandkids the most.
“Kate will always turn to Carole for help, advice guidance, and just get together and romping around with the kids – possibly before she would get together with Camilla and Charles.”
Prince Charles, who has been spending the lockdowns at Birkhall, has admitted that being away from family has been extremely difficult. Even with all the virtual tech at our disposal, it can never really replace physical contact.
“I haven’t seen my father for a long time, and he’s going to be 99 next week,” Charles told Sky News.
“So I’ve been doing FaceTime, [it’s] all real well but… well, it is terribly sad.”
“But I mean, fortunately, you can speak to them on telephones and occasionally do this sort of thing. But it isn’t the same, is it? You really want to give people a hug.”