Prince Charles ‘wasn’t parented’ as a child and didn’t spend enough time with William and Harry’

Prince Charles ‘wasn’t parented’ by the Queen and Prince Philip, and instead had a ‘Victorian style upbringing with nannies’, a royal expert has claimed.

Speaking to Channel 5’s Charles & Harry: Father & Son Divided, which airs on Saturday at 9pm, royal experts also revealed that Charles is a ‘workaholic’ and wouldn’t take time off to spend days with William and Harry as children.

‘Charles didn’t receive any parenting,’ explained royal author Tom Quinn.

‘His parents were away when he was very young, he was left with nannies in that very Victorian way. 

‘Although Charles tried to be a more modern parent he didn’t have the tools because he didn’t grow up with them. Diana actually joined in their games, while Charles would have said “off you go”. He wouldn’t have joined in. He’s too stiff, too old-fashioned’.

The documentary airs as Harry once again hit out at The Firm in an explosive interview yesterday, saying Prince Charles ‘suffered’ because of his upbringing by the Queen and Prince Philip, and that the Prince of Wales had then ‘treated me the way he was treated’, calling it ‘genetic pain’.

Harry and Charles are pictured together at Bamoral in 1997 shortly after Princess Diana's death

Prince Charles ‘wasn’t parented’ as a child and ‘didn’t know how to pass it on’ a new documentary has claimed. Young Prince Charles is pictured playing polo with Prince Philip (left). Harry and Charles are pictured together at Bamoral in 1997 shortly after Princess Diana’s death, right

The documentary airs as Harry once again hit out at The Firm in an explosive interview yesterday, saying Prince Charles 'suffered' because of his upbringing by the Queen and Prince Philip, and that the Prince of Wales had then 'treated me the way he was treated', calling it 'genetic pain'. The pair are pictured together at Archie's christening

The documentary airs as Harry once again hit out at The Firm in an explosive interview yesterday, saying Prince Charles ‘suffered’ because of his upbringing by the Queen and Prince Philip, and that the Prince of Wales had then ‘treated me the way he was treated’, calling it ‘genetic pain’. The pair are pictured together at Archie’s christening

Speaking to Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, The Duke of Sussex blasted Prince Charles’ parenting and said he moved to California with his family to ‘break the cycle’ of ‘pain’ he suffered as a member of the Royal Family.

During the wide-ranging interview lasting 90 minutes, Harry said: ‘I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.

‘It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say ‘you know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you’.’

He added: ‘I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go ‘OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids’. 

‘And here I am, I moved my whole family to the US, that wasn’t the plan but sometimes you’ve got make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first.’ 

In 1952, when Prince Charles was just four, The Queen and Prince Philip left him and Princess Anne, then two, for six months while on a tour of the Commonwealth, while they took another six month trip a year later. Charles is pictured as a baby with the Queen and Prince Philip

In 1952, when Prince Charles was just four, The Queen and Prince Philip left him and Princess Anne, then two, for six months while on a tour of the Commonwealth, while they took another six month trip a year later. Charles is pictured as a baby with the Queen and Prince Philip

In 1952, when Prince Charles was just four, The Queen and Prince Philip left him and Princess Anne, then two,  for six months while on a tour of the Commonwealth, while they took another six month trip a year later.

Deciding the gruelling schedule was too long for the young children, Her Majesty left the young royals at home in care of The Queen Mother and nannies, with Charles previously crediting his nannies for his early care. 

Experts also told the new documentary Princess Diana had a more ‘hands on’ approach to parenting and wanted to give William and Charles ‘a normal life’ – revealing she would take her sons out in for burgers in London to Charles’ dismay. 

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