Princess Diana said the only thing Prince Charles “learned about love from the Queen and Prince Philip was shaking hands”, a new biography claims.
The Prince of Wales was never kissed or cuddled by his parents, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II, when he was a child, according to the new book.
A new biography of Prince Philip also says that the Duke of Edinburgh did not attend the birth of Prince Charles on November 14, 1948.
The book says: “He had been playing squash at the time, and on seeing his newborn son declared that he looked ‘like a plum pudding’.”
According to the biography, Philip and Elizabeth saw little of their offspring because of their official engagements.
The biography, which was serialised in the Daily Mail, reads: “Princess Elizabeth spent her 24th birthday, in April 1950, when Charles was just 18 months old, in Malta watching her husband play polo before returning to England to await the birth of her second child, Anne, in August.
“She then spent the late summer at Balmoral before joining Philip in Malta again for a holiday, leaving their four-month-old daughter and two-year-old son to spend Christmas without them at Sandringham.
“Charles found these long separations from his mother, according to the official court correspondent of the time, Godfrey Talbot, ‘very upsetting and bewildering’.”
Princess Diana reportedly said that because of his upbringing, Prince Charles did not express his emotions physically.
The Princess of Wales reportedly said: “The only thing he learned about love was shaking hands.”
Diana said “his feelings seemed to have been suffocated at birth”, according to the biography.
The book Prince Philip Revealed, by Ingrid Seward, also claims “only Charles’ nannies showed him affection”.
Eileen Parker, the former wife of one of Philip’s closest friends, Mike Parker, said: “Philip tolerated Charles but he wasn’t a loving father.
“I think Charles was frightened of him. He became very quiet when Philip was around.”
The book’s author also said that Prince Philip’s method of teaching Charles to swim, for example, was to drag, or sometimes throw, him into the Buckingham Palace pool.
On one occasion Charles’s nanny objected, raising her three-year-old charge’s “chestiness”.
Philip reportedly replied: “It’s ridiculous to make such a fuss of him. There’s nothing wrong with him.”