Queen Elizabeth Has ‘Complicated’ Relationships with Each of Her Four Children

Netflix’s popular series The Crown has shed a lot of light on Queen Elizabeth, including her relationships with her four children. While the series has explored various elements of Her Majesty’s personal life, her interactions with Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward are a lot more complicated in real life than on the show. Here is a look at Queen Elizabeth’s relationships with her four children and how they all differ.

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Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Edward, and Prince Charles | Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Prince Charles

Queen Elizabeth’s first-born son is Prince Charles, whom she welcomed when she was only 22 years old. Charlies is currently first in line to the throne and has waited longer than anyone to inherit the crown.

After an early education at a boarding school in Scotland, Charles became the first royal heir to receive a degree from a university. But his success was soon shrouded in controversy after he tied the knot with Lady Diana Spencer.

Charles and Diana’s split in the 1990s caused a major headache for Queen Elizabeth. To make things even worse, he married the woman he had an affair with, Camilla Parker Bowles.

While Queen Elizabeth was not happy about the scandal, she was never really that close with Charles. According to Women’s Health Magazine, he was raised by a team of nannies and was closer to his grandmother, the Queen Mother, more than anyone else.

Charles’ grandmother passed away in 2002. At her funeral, Charles stated that she “meant everything” and admitted that they had been very close since he was a boy.

Princess Anne

Princess Anne is Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter and was born two years after Charles. Despite her being Her Majesty’s second child, Anne is now 14th in the line of succession.

While Charles and his mother were never close, Anne shares a bond with her mom and has only spoken highly of her in public. Despite always having nannies around the house, Anne revealed that she always made time for her children.

“I simply don’t believe there is any evidence whatsoever to suggest that she wasn’t caring. It’s just beggars belief,” Anne stated in 2002.

It helped that Anne and her mother shared an interest in horses and that she was the first royal to compete in the Olympics.

That said, Her Majesty likely did not approve when Anne divorced her husband, Captain Mark Philips. The pair had two children together and finalized their split in 1992. They separated after news broke that he had cheated on her.

Prince Andrew

Charles and Anne have experienced their share of scandals over the years, but there is not anyone who tops Prince Andrew.

Andrew was born a full decade after Anne and by then, Queen Elizabeth had grown accustomed to being a loving mother. He is sometimes referred to as Her Majesty’s favorite child, though his recent scandal may have changed his standing.

The Duke of York is currently facing a huge scandal after he was linked to the disgraced financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. One of Epstein’s victims claims that Andrew had sex with her when she was only a minor.

Andrew, of course, has denied the allegations and tried to clear his name in a recent interview. That, however, backfired and he recently confirmed that he is stepping away from his royal duties for the foreseeable future.

Prince Edward

Unlike his older brothers and sisters, Edward is the only child of Queen Elizabeth who did not get a divorce. Edward is happily married to Countess Sophie Rhys-Jones, with whom he shares two children.

With Edward being relatively scandal-free, Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, reportedly adore him and his family. Philip is even reportedly thinking about handing over his title as the Duke of Edinburgh to Edward when he passes. 

Considering how the rest of her children have stirred up plenty of drama over the years, it is safe to say that Edward is one of her favorites.

Queen Elizabeth, who has reigned on the throne for over six decades, has not commented on the reports surrounding her relationship with her four children.