Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had their first child, Prince Charles, in 1948 and their second one, Princess Anne, only two years after. However, it was 11 years before the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh decided to bring other children to the world – with the 1960 birth of Prince Andrew being followed by Prince Edward in 1964. It is widely believed that the age difference between the brothers is one of the reasons Charles never really got along with both Andrew and Edward and, over the years, speculations of brotherly feuds received a lot of publicity.
According to 2019 Channel 5 documentary “The Royal Family at War”, the biggest rift between the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York occurred when Charles tried to sideline his brother.
The heir to the throne is said to want a smaller monarchy when he will eventually become King, with only his immediate family members being supported by taxpayers’ money.
Royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter explained how this vision inevitably set him on collision course with Prince Andrew.
She said: “Andrew is the father of the only two blood princesses of that generation and quite rightfully, he thinks Beatrice and Eugenie have quite a lot to offer.
“I think Andrew is very keen for his daughters to have a position front and centre but Charles isn’t having it so the brothers are a bit at loggerheads.”
The documentary noted that rumours of a historic split between the royals heightened in 2012, at the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when only six members of the Royal Family stepped out into the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Ms Arbiter said: “It was interesting because the Queen is the 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.
“It was a momentous occasion but we didn’t.”
Penny Junor claimed that seemed to be “a very clear message that this was the future” and that only the “core of the family” would be seen, but Andrew found it very difficult to accept.
Royal author Katie Nicholl added: “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.
‘Thats not how Andrew wanted it to be be.
“He wanted to be a part of those balcony appearances.
“He wants his daughters to be part of the Royal Family but that is the vision that Charles sees and it has certainly led to a fallout.”