Queen Elizabeth II’s children, just like other siblings, are known to have quarrels against each other at times. But the most talked-about royal sibling feud of all is that between Prince Charles and his younger brother Prince Andrew.

Their Huge Age Gap Could Be A Barrier To Their Closeness

One possible reason put forth by royal family observers is that there is a big age difference between Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. The Prince of Wales, who was born on Nov. 14, 1948, is more than eleven years older than the Duke of York, who was born on Feb. 19, 1950.

For some siblings, this large age gap might even bring them closer, especially if the much older sibling takes the role of a mentor or second parent to the younger one. However, it is reportedly not the case for the two royals as their age gap seem to be a barrier from them getting along well.

There Might Be Jealousy From Both Parties

Some royal family observers believe that the rift might also be due to the two princes’ jealousy of each other. It is possible that Prince Charles could be jealous of his younger brother as it is believed that Prince Andrew is Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite child.

Whether this is true or not, Her Majesty was not very much involved in raising her eldest son when he was young. She was still adjusting to life as a working royal, and her schedule became busier when her father died and she ascended the throne at a very young age.

Thus, Prince Charles was left in the care of nannies in his younger years, which was not a big issue for Queen Elizabeth II because that was how she was raised. The Duke of Cornwall even said that it was “inevitably the nursery staff” that witnessed many of his important firsts.

Meanwhile, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were born more than a decade after Prince Charles. By this time, Her Majesty already knew the role as a monarch like the back of her hand. Thus, she was able to balance work and family and was able to spend more time with her two younger children.

On the other hand, there are those who speculate that Prince Andrew might have been jealous of Prince Charles because the latter would eventually inherit the throne. This feeling might have been simmering over the years, especially as he gets further down the line of succession with the entry of Charles’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, and later Charles’ grandchildren. From his lofty spot as the second in line to the throne, Andrew is now at the eighth spot.

Royal Family Members of the Royal Family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Andrew And His Family Was Excluded From A Very Important Event

Prince Andrew was very upset by Prince Charles in 2012, when he and his family were left out of a very important event. In the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, only three royals showed up at the Buckingham Palace’s balcony.

“It was interesting because the Queen is the only second monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee,” royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter said on “The Royal Family At War,” a Channel 5 documentary. “The first being Queen Victoria, so you would expect to see the whole Royal Family on that balcony. It was a momentous occasion but we didn’t.”

It was rumored to be Charles’ decision as he wanted to streamline the royal family, which meant excluding some current members. “Prince Andrew was very upset,” Arbiter added. “His nose was quite out of joint when he and the other siblings were not a part of that line-up. That’s not how Andrew wanted it to be. He wanted to be a part of those balcony appearances.”

Prince Andrew Might Have Intentionally Ignored Prince Charles’ Important Event

Royal family observers noted that Andrew was conspicuously absent during the 50th anniversary of Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales. While Prince Edward was likewise a no-show, he had a valid excuse as he was officiating the Duke of Edinburg award program. On the other hand, palace insiders would only say that Andrew was busy with “a private engagement” as an excuse for his absence.

Prince Andrew The Duke of York the opening of a new building for the collaborative research facility at The Hartree Centre in Daresbury. Science and Technology Facilities Council Follow/Flickr