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Queen’s ‘preference’ for Charles shot down by Philip as Duke wanted to ‘toughen up’ son

Prince Charles and Philip had 'difficult relationship' says expert

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Prince Charles and Prince Philip had a “difficult” relationship, according to a royal biographer. The Duke of Edinburgh’s decisions for his son’s early life that trumped the Queen’s desires has been analysed in the wake of his death. Robert Jobson spoke to the ITV Royal Rota podcast about why the Prince of Wales’ education was an especially sensitive subject.

He told listeners: “There’s been quite a lot of talk about the relationship between Charles and Philip.

“Particularly over the latter years and how it’s changed.

“It was certainly quite difficult in the early years.

“The Duke of Edinburgh, rightly or wrongly, felt that he wanted to toughen up his son.”

Mr Jobson continued: “He had a certain way that he felt was right.

“Going to Gordonstoun, for example, was good for him, and it would be good for his son.

“Prince Charles probably would have benefited from going to Eton, there’s no doubt about that.

“That would have been the Queen Mother and the Queen’s choice too.”

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The biographer added: “The relationship was difficult, there’s no doubt about that.

“They always loved each other, but they were very different in their outlooks on all sorts of things.

“From organic farming to areas of their personal life.”

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Gordonstoun was an austere boarding school in the north-east of Scotland.

Philip transferred to the school in 1933 after his family sent him away from Germany.

He praised the academy many times, and was involved with it throughout the rest of his life.

Charles attended from 1962, and famously loathed the experience.

The Prince of Wales even branded it “Colditz in kilts”.

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