Added to this disparity in status and wealth are differences in age and character.As a child, Charles was probably the most sensitive of the four royal children, in some ways least suited to the role of monarch.His sister and brothers, on the other hand, enjoyed no such certainty, having to invent careers for themselves, and re-invent them, sometimes with unfortunate consequences.During their lives, the three have been able to draw on the immense wealth of their mother to maintain lifestyles enviable by any standard, but they do not enjoy the vast income pool that is the Duchy of Cornwall, the fiefdom granted to Charles in his capacity as heir, and which has allowed him to finance a parallel 'court’.The baptism of Prince George last month was notable not only for a lack of royal godparents – Zara Phillips being the only one – but a lack of royalty in general.The ceremony was a tight affair, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having invited 22 guests, six of them from the Royal Family.
but I don’t believe that any of us, for a second, thought she didn’t care for us in exactly the same way as any other mother did.
“From all the years that I was involved, there was very little contact between them actually, save at family gatherings and events,” says a former aide.
“Communication used to be dealt with by households - private secretaries.
She appears least star-struck by her lineage and has made a conscious decision to normalise the upbringing of her children, their names remaining unadorned by royal titles.
Anne’s essential pragmatism did not sit easily with her older brother’s quest for spiritual fulfilment, evinced by his pupil-guru relationship with Sir Laurens van der Post.
These growing pains Charles related to his authorised biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby, much to his parents’ displeasure.