In many families, it's a common occurrence for the mother's parents to be closer to the grandchildren than the father's parents - whether it's due to the closeness of a mother and her daughter, or for some innate biological reason, this issue has reportedly caused a rift in the Royal Family of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
In a new biography, "Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion, and Defiance of Prince Charles" author Tom Bower claims to have inside information about the Royals and opens up on topics that have, before now, been kept under wraps.
One of the most stunning revelations has to do with the Prince of Wales' two oldest grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and how their time with their grandparents is being handled by their parents, William and Kate.
According to Bower, Charles felt "usurped" by the Middletons and their relationship with the grandchildren, George and Charlotte. This came on the heels of the Duke and Duchess choosing to spend Christmas Day with Kate's family instead of with the Charles and Camilla.
Charles, who is known to be rather sensitive, was hurt by this choice and, reportedly began to blame the Middletons for his being left out. Bower goes on to detail the actions Charles took to 'even the score' and it ended up causing even more trouble.
According to the book, Charles went on a campaign to "snub" the Middletons, leaving them out of public events that they could have attended. This did not sit well with William.
According to excerpts appearing in People, "Bower claims that several of the Queen’s courtiers allegedly 'decided to ignore Carole Middleton on social occasions' after picking up on Charles’ alleged fears of being overshadowed."
The report goes on to say, "William became 'infuriated' and 'consulted with his grandmother,' Bower claims. Once Queen Elizabeth caught wind of the decidedly 'un-royal' behavior, she stepped in to sort things before it was too late.
The Queen countered 'the hurtful snubs against Carole' with an invitation to drive Kate's mum around the Balmoral estate — and allegedly inviting a TV cameraman to film their outing, according to Bower."
Thank goodness the Queen is a mistress of social graces and etiquette and has an innate sense of just the right thing to do to smooth ruffled feathers.
However, her move to placate the Middletons did nothing to repair the rift between Charles and Prince William. That will take a little time to remedy itself but, given the relatively close relationship that the two heirs to the throne have, they'll find a way to make it all work.
It may be a rough start, though, as William was said to be "furious" over his father's actions, and we imagine the whole awkward situation had the potential to cause marital problems between the Duke and Duchess as well.
Hopefully, the family has figured out a way to work through this issue, and we are confident that as time goes on, everything will be back to normal.
After all, everyone wants to spend time with not only George and Charlotte, but also the newest member of the Cambridge family, Prince Louis who made his appearance on April 23rd.
As important as family is to William and Kate, there's no doubt that the devoted parents will do whatever it takes to keep all the grandparents on good terms.
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