Queen Elizabeth Is Allegedly Frustrated With Prince Charles. Here's What We Know

Queen Elizabeth II is said to be "frustrated" with her son Prince Charles — and the reason why might surprise you. The Queen of England and her family were thrust firmly into the spotlight once again in March 2021 after her grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, made serious bombshell claims about the British royal family during a sit-down chat with Oprah Winfrey for CBS. Since then, numerous details about what life is really like in the royal family have come to light, and the royals have been forced to deny speculation about what really goes on inside palace walls.

In the documentary Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour and Crown — which aired in the U.K. on March 21 — a number of new revelations were made about the royals and a light was shone on the relationship the Queen has with her eldest son, Charles, who will take over the throne once the monarch abdicates. But what is their relationship really like, and why is it claimed that Queen Elizabeth is closer to her second born son, Prince Andrew? Keep reading to find out.

The Queen reportedly doesn't think Prince Charles measures up

In Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour and Crown, author Clive Irving claimed that Queen Elizabeth II is supposedly "frustrated" and "puzzled" by her eldest son, Prince Charles (via the Daily Mail). Irving alleged that "she's more openly affectionate to Andrew and more forgiving toward Andrew than she is towards Charles" and claimed that Charles "will never live up to the queen's sense of duty." Irving suggested that "those around the Queen never measure up" to her "very dedicated sense of duty," and claimed that Charles — who also has a sister, Princess Anne — in particular, "never measures up to that." 

He added that it's reportedly only Prince William, Charles' eldest son, who really appreciates Queen Elizabeth's fierce dedication to the throne. The editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, added that Charles is supposedly "the polar opposite to younger brother Andrew," while describing him as a "noisy" and "bumptious" man who can also be "very charming, when he wants to be."

The queen's reported closer relationship with Andrew may surprise some, as he's been shrouded in controversy over the years while Charles has always been more in the spotlight by his mother's side. Andrew was infamously accused of sexual abuse after an encounter in 2001, which was linked to his close friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew denied the claims in a BBC interview and resigned from royal duties in November 2019.

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