Prince Charles and Prince Philip do not have the best relationship as father and son. Thus, when Charles made this scandalous mistake of publicly revealing his extramarital affair with Camilla Parker Bowles in 1994, the Duke of Edinburgh was nothing but appalled, with his anger hitting the roof. His son’s surprising move shocked even Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family. 

According to Express, royal biographer Penny Junor stated in her 2005 book titled “The Firm” that following Prince Charles’ confession of infidelity via a TV documentary interview, Prince Philip was incensed by his son’s statements about cheating on Princess Diana and having a mistress. The royal family was also stunned by his bold admissions, and the prince’s pals were appalled as well.

Prince Charles was interviewed by TV broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, and when asked if he has been faithful to Princess Diana, he said “yes” — before adding that his faithfulness ended when their marriage started to crumble. The prince said that they both tried to make their marriage work but failed. 

Junor claimed that Prince Charles, the royal family and even the Palace’s staff were all shocked by this move, which they called the prince’s “worst mistake in his life.” But the royal biographer said that the Prince of Wales was not the only one to blame for the scandal that truly made Prince Philip furious. She said that his private secretary at that time, Richard Aylard, was also at fault because he allowed the prince to make the disastrous interview

Many believed that Prince Charles’ televised confession would end his position as the first in line to the throne. But apparently, he’s still the one to be declared the king once Queen Elizabeth steps down or passes away. With the mess, Aylard tried to defend himself by saying that people shouldn’t put the blame on him because it was the prince and Camilla who created the problem in the first place. 

“It wasn’t being honest to Jonathan that was the problem,” Aylard told Junor. “If you want to start placing blame, the fault was getting into the relationship with Camilla in the first place.”

Junor added that Prince Charles’ interview that infuriated Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth also brought up how he was raised by his parents. It was suggested that the prince’s behavior might have been caused by his unhappy childhood and cold relationship with the Queen and the Duke when he was still a child. In fact, he was said to be terrified of his father while growing up. 

“The Prince of Wales gave him all this stuff about how unhappy he was as a boy,” a former royal courtier told Junor. “The Queen never spoke to him, the Duke of Edinburgh was beastly to him — and it very much upset them.”

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince Philip Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, arrive for the funeral service of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge on June 27, 2017, in London, England. WPA Pool/Getty Images