It's been rumored that Queen Elizabeth's favorite son is Prince Andrew, who has recently been involved in several scandals. Now, an expert is dissecting their relationship — and revealing how she feels about her eldest son, Prince Charles.
In Channel 4's documentary called Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour and Crown, which aired on Sunday, March 21, royal expert Clive Irving claimed the Queen has "never really understood" Charles and is "puzzled by him."
"To this day, she's more openly affectionate to Andrew and more forgiving toward Andrew than she is towards Charles," Irving added.
Irving also claims that Prince William is the only royal who appreciates the Queen's "very dedicated sense of duty."
"All those around the Queen never measure up to that at any point. Her own family has not measured up to that. Charles never measures up to that," Irving added.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, called Charles "the polar opposite to younger brother Andrew."
"He's [Andrew] noisy, bumptious, very charming, when he wants to be. He can be arrogant and rude; he has some characteristics of his own father," she added.
Andrew, 61, was in Jeffrey Epstein's inner circle, and as a result, resigned from his royal duties in November 2019.
“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support,” he said at the time.
Andrew later spoke with Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis about Epstein but said he didn't regret being in his friend group. “The people that I met and the opportunities I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful,” he said at the time.
“As long as the Queen is still alive, Prince Andrew will be fine,” an insider exclusively told The Royal Observer. “Andrew has always been the Queen’s favorite child, and she will stand by him and protect him as long as she can. However, when the day comes when she is no longer around, his brother Prince Charles and his son Prince William will not be so generous. His future in the royal family without mommy doesn’t look so good.”