How Prince Charles’ Feud With His Brother Prince Andrew Got So Bitter After This Snub

Prince Charles is no stranger to feuding with his siblings but the most talked about one over the years is his feud with his brother, Prince Andrew. Many royal fans though have no idea why it even started or how it got so bitter.

Here’s more on the Duke of York and the Duke of Cornwall‘s ongoing rift and why things between them are going to get even worse.

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew
Prince Charles and Prince Andrew | Serge Lemoine/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The princes were always jealous of one another

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew were born 12 years apart and some have attributed their age difference to why they never got along too well. But others believe that Charles has always been jealous of the attention their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, paid to Andrew.

Charles said he was raised by nannies but by the time his brother was born, the queen was able to stay at home more and could be hands-on with her younger son. Not only that but it’s never been much of a secret among royal experts that Andrew is her favorite child.

There’s been jealousy on the Duke of York’s part as well because Charles is, of course, the heir apparent and up until Princes William and Harry were born he was second in the line of succession to the throne. Today, he is eighth bumped back by not only Charles’ sons but also their children.

Prince Charles would not let Andrew appear at a celebration

Prince Andrew and Prince Charles
Prince Andrew and Prince Charles | Peter Nicholls – WPA Pool /Getty Images

Things between the siblings really went from bad to worse when Charles excluded Andrew and his daughters, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, from making an appearance with the royal family at a celebration in 2012.

According to the documentary The Royal Family at War, the Prince of Wales decreed that Andrew and the princesses not be present on the balcony at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. In fact, the only members of the family who appeared on the balcony with Her Majesty that day were Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry.

“It was interesting because the Queen is only second monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee. The first being Queen Victoria, so you would expect to see the whole Royal Family on that balcony,” royal commentator Victoria Arbiter said. “It was a momentous occasion, but we didn’t.”

Royal biographer Katie Nicholl added that “Prince Andrew was very upset. His nose was quite out of joint when he and the other siblings were not a part of that line-up. That’s not how Andrew wanted it to be. He wanted to be a part of those balcony appearances. He wants his daughters to be part of the royal family … and it has certainly led to a fallout.”

Charles’ future plans don’t include Andrew and his family

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew
Prince Charles and Prince Andrew | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Several reports have claimed that when Charles becomes king, he has plans to “slim down the monarchy,” meaning that only he and his immediate family would be funded by taxpayers.

These reports have Andrew so worried that he wrote a letter to the queen requesting that both Eugenie and Beatrice receive full-time royal duties like their cousins, William and Harry.

“Prince Andrew thinks that when [Prince Philip] dies and the queen winds down, there should be a greater role for him and his girls,” royal expert Phil Dampier noted. “Andrew is the father of the only to blood princesses of that generation and quite rightfully, he thinks Beatrice and Eugenie have quite a lot to offer.”

However, if Charles doesn’t feel that way then whenever he does take the throne, his brother and nieces may not have any role within the royal family.

Read more: Was Princess Diana Expected To Marry Prince Andrew Instead of Prince Charles?

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