‘Wasn’t a great mother’ Charles ‘trauma’ claims from Harry have roots in Queen early years

Queen assisted by Prince Charles as she enters Parliament

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Royal author Jane Dismore who has written a book on Queen Elizabeth II’s early years revealed while the monarch’s love for her children has never been questioned, her ability to raise her offspring may be murkier than once believed. Ms Dismore explained in light of Prince Harry claiming Prince Charles passed on his childhood “trauma” onto him that the Queen put “duty” and “Prince Philip” first in her younger years. She added it was normal for the aristocracy to behave in such a way stating “disfunction was not uncommon”.

Speaking on a podcast hosted by YouTuber and commentator Shaun Attwood, Ms Dismore discussed Prince Harry’s interview with the Armchair Expert podcast and his comments against the Royal Family. 

She said: “First of all I think Harry was out of order too, he keeps thrashing out which is rather unfair because the Royal Family – being who they are – they don’t respond directly.

“It’s all very well for Harry to criticise but I mean we can all say things about our parents that aren’t perfect but Harry just keeps going on about it. 

“But I think certainly with Charles’ childhood, I think she wasn’t a great mother.

“I think there was no doubt about her love but in her early days of her marriage she very much went off and let Prince Charles be with his grandparents.”

Ms Dismore recalled a “poignant” letter that was written by the Queen’s mother to Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II which discussed how a young Prince Charles was watching snowflakes fall from the sky. 

The letter added the young prince could not wait “to see you again”. 

The royal author continued: “The first time I read that it brought a lump to my throat.

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“[Prince Philip and the Queen] had not just left for a couple of weeks but for a considerable amount of time doing not official things but pursuing their own pleasures. 

“Which is fair enough they were in relatively early days of marriage. 

“She did put her duty to her country and to her husband before she turned to the children.”

But Ms Dismore confessed that perhaps Prince Charles was overly sensitive when he was younger as Princess Anne was “robust” and more “her father’s daughter”.

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She added this treatment of children was not uncommon among aristocratic circles stating “disfunction was not common” for them. 

Prince Harry revealed Prince Charles “treated him the way he was treated” and wanted to “break the cycle” of his childhood upbringing. 

Prince Charles has mentioned on several occasions how he felt “abandoned” when he attended Gordonstoun school in Scotland and hated his time there. 

He noted it was a “prison sentence” with some reports saying he was bullied and struggled to make friends at the tough school. 

Prince Philip also attended Gordonstound which was one of the main reasons for Prince Charles’ attendance there. 

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