Photos Show How Fatherhood in the Royal Family Has Changed

In a licensed biography of Prince Charles, writer Jonathan Dimbleby wrote that Charles was largely raised by nannies and employees.

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The Queen holding Princess Anne and Prince Philip holding Prince Charles circa 1951.

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Prince Charles was born in 1948, 4 years earlier than his mom, then Princess Elizabeth, grew to become queen.

“Such an upbringing was by no means rare in those days (at least those households that could afford the appropriate staff),” Dimbleby wrote in “Prince of Wales: A Biography.” “Although Prince Charles was not starved of parental affection, it was inevitably the nursery staff (interpreting the will of their employers) who taught him to play, who witnessed his first steps, who punished and rewarded him, who helped him put his first thoughts into words.” 

The Duke of Edinburgh nonetheless discovered moments of levity along with his youngsters amid a busy royal schedule.

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Prince Charles and Princess Anne being pushed on a swing by their father, the Duke of Edinburgh, with their mom Queen Elizabeth II wanting on, in the grounds of Balmoral.

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Prince Philip pushed Prince Charles and Princess Anne on a swing at Balmoral Castle.

Prince Philip and Prince Charles’ father-son relationship wasn’t all the time straightforward.

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Prince Charles talks to his father Prince Philip in entrance of a hearth at Sandringham.

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Prince Philip saw that Charles attended his former school, Gordonstoun in Scotland, which was removed from the household’s dwelling. Charles reportedly had a tough experience at the faculty.

Dimbleby wrote that Charles was “inevitably separated from his parents more than they might have wished,” inflicting him to really feel that his dad and mom had been “emotionally distant” as effectively.

But their shut bond remained.

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Prince Philip and Prince Charles in 2016.

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Prince Philip and Prince Charles typically sat collectively at royal weddings and occasions.

Prince Charles launched a heartfelt assertion when Prince Philip, his “dear Papa,” died at the age of 99 in April.

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Prince Charles kisses his father Prince Philip in 2017.

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“As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously,” the assertion learn. “He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.

The statement continued: “My expensive Papa was a really particular one that I feel above all else would have been amazed by the response and the touching issues which have been mentioned about him and from that standpoint we’re, my household, deeply grateful for all that. It will maintain us in this explicit loss and at this notably unhappy time. Thank you.”

When his sons had been small, Prince Charles mentioned he “mucked around with them a great deal.”

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana with Prince William in 1983.

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“As they get older, the more things perhaps they, being boys, can do with their father. That’s obviously more and more enjoyable. But I’ve always mucked around with them a great deal,” he mentioned in the 1994 documentary “Charles: The Private Man, the Public Role.” “When William was tiny, I used to muck around with him as much as I possibly could.”

After Princess Diana’s demise in 1997, Prince Charles took on the position of a single father.

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Prince Charles poses with Prince William and Prince Harry on trip.

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Prince William, who was 15 when his mom died, and Prince Harry, who was 12, acknowledged their father’s tough place in a 2017 BBC documentary.

“He was there for us,” Prince Harry mentioned. “One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died.”

Prince William practiced utilizing a child automotive seat earlier than the delivery of his first little one.

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Prince William with Prince George.

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On a February 2020 episode of the podcast “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” hosted by Giovanna Fletcher, Middleton revealed how nervous she and William had been about bringing Prince George dwelling.

“The duke, when he put Prince George in the car, that was seamless,” Fletcher mentioned of the televised second after George’s delivery, when William and Middleton had been proven fastening their new child into the automotive seat.

“We didn’t think so at the time,” Middleton mentioned. “We even tried to practice with a little baby doll, but you know, it just never works out the way you planned it, so it was quite hard to do that on the world’s stage.”

When Princess Charlotte got here round, he started watching YouTube tutorials to determine methods to model her hair.

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Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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While visiting Blackpool in March 2019, William joked with an area dad in the crowd, telling him he discovered methods to make a ponytail by watching movies on-line.

He advised him: “Never try to do a ponytail! It’s a nightmare!”

Kate reportedly joined in on the debate, asking her husband: “Have you tried to do a plait? It’s the weaving … really hard.”

William replied: “I can do a ponytail, but that’s about it as I don’t have enough hair to practice on!”

When Meghan Markle gave delivery to Archie in 2019, William welcomed his brother to “the sleep deprivation society that is parenting.”

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In the video clip, shared by Kensington Palace on Twitter, William and Middleton mentioned they had been excited to assembly the latest member of the household.

“We’re absolutely thrilled, and looking forward to seeing him within the next few days when he’s quietened down,” William mentioned. “I’m very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting!”

In Harry and Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry mentioned taking Archie on bike rides is a spotlight of their new lives in California.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie.

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“This year has been crazy for everybody, but to have outdoor space where I can go for walks with Archie, and we can go for walks as a family and with the dogs, and we can go on hikes,” Harry advised Winfrey in the interview, which aired in March 2021. “We’ll go down to the beach, which is so close.”

“I guess, the highlight for me is sticking him on the back of the bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on these bike rides, which is something I was never able to do when I was young,” he added. 

On an episode of the podcast “Armchair Expert,” Harry spoke about how he hoped to “break the cycle” of ache and struggling in his household.

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Prince Harry with Archie.

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“There is no blame,” he advised host Dax Shepard in the episode, which aired in May 2021. “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.”

He later added: “It’s hard to do but for me it comes down to awareness. 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?'”